There is an idea that gardeners have no business pruning their own trees. I don't believe it. That idea means that as homeowners our main concern is to write the cheques and keep our hands off.
My Tree Care Philosophy
Trees are living beings and deserve respect. There is a lot of work done on trees that is not in their best interest. Routine practices performed from habit that ignore the tree’s present state can be very injurious. An example would be standard thinning and shaping performed on a tree that is infected with a disease.
Trees get all their energy from the sun, mostly through their leaves or needles. The rest comes from photosynthetic tissue in young bark. Too much pruning not only stresses a tree, but forces it to generate suckers or shoots to try to replenish the lost leaf mass. There is a delicate balance among the leaves, branches, trunk and roots.
Being able to see clearly and access carefully is the greatest gift I can bring to a tree. Once we see clearly, knowing what to do is easy.
Simply, a strong natural connection with trees, a caring empathetic approach that looks to do what is best for each tree, to increase its longevity and level of health.
In a town filled with tree services whose prime focus is removal, I'm one of the few who would rather see your tree alive and healthy.
Why hire a logger to prune your apple tree? Your trees took decades to grow. Why ruin them with one quick, cheap, uninformed pruning job?