As the gardens grow and mature, sometimes it is necessary to call in an expert for pruning of the large trees. Our large hardwood oak, mahogany and ironwood trees need a thinning of branches for hurricane protection. Massive limbs are unwanted above our roofs. Many of our fruit trees can be kept low and production does not suffer. Take a ride down to Homestead and view the acres and acres of mango avocado and tropical fruit groves. The trees are all trimmed to a manageable level. The fruit pickers are able to harvest the fruit and the trees hopefully will not topple down from a hurricane.
A certified arborist is trained to prune carefully for the health of the tree. A well pruned tree will look like it has been trimmed but not butchered. A topped fruit tree that is pruned well will look natural. It is illegal to hat rack your tree. Hat racking is when a tree branch is cut off at the end and all that is left is a large stump. It looks like you could hang a hat on the end. This weakens the tree, looks ugly and the new growth will be profuse at the end of the branch later on. There will be so many new shoots it will look like the end of a broom.
Before you let anyone who knocks on your door looking for work trim your trees, let them know exactly what you want done and how you want it to look. Specify which branches you want pruned and how much you would like cut off. Make sure they are licensed and insured, and ask for references.
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