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Tree Removal Service Des Moines
Tree Service Des Moines
TCIA Tree Care Specialist
Tree Removal Des Moines
Tree Risk Assessment Qualified
Tree Trimming Des Moines

   Olson Tree Care​​​  

Diagnostic and Consulting Tree Care Arborist.

Tree Trimming Des Moines.

       Tree Trimming in Des Moines begins with a basic visual paid evaluation from a Certified Arborist. During this visual evaluation an Arborist will identify the Trees needs. Often Judgement calls are made due to the level of the Arborists education and experience. This is where Olson Tree Care can offer the latest research in the world of Arboriculture.

       A few examples of judgement calls would be...

Tree Trimming Des Moines


        - An old tree with poor structure will be overlooked due to its age and not being a viable candidate for heavy trimming. 

       - A lopsided tree that is in a less visible position, such as a backyard, may not be mentioned in the evaluation as Aesthetic Improvement would provide a benefit to no one.

       - A Tree Owner has a specific goal and budget. In this case there limited reasons to evaluate deficiencies and doing so may offend or off put the Tree Owner.

       - The situation is not fixable by Trimming a Tree and chances of correction are so slim that it outweighs the amount of money to be spent. (tree value)

Tree Trimming in Des Moines

      Now that you have received your initial evaluation from an Arborist, the next step is deciding on the method or technique to be used. Often one or more Pruning Technique may be used to achieve your desired Tree Trimming goals. Now it is time to lay out few of the basic techniques a Tree Trimmer may use that will help you in understanding your trees needs.

Tree Trimming Techniques

1. Cleaning 

       - This term is generally used for deadwood removal but can also be referring to diseased and broken sections as well.

2. Raising 

       - Otherwise known as canopy lifting, this form of trimming often is to provide lower clearance without reducing foliage beyond 25% or so (depending on health, size, time of year etc) and use care to not remove live crown ratio below 50%. This means that if the tree in its natural form/structure would have a canopy to ground level and the top of the crown is 50 feet, do not trim higher than 15 feet or so which should be less than 50% of crown mass.

3. Reduce 

       - Crown Reduction is the common term used in this form of pruning. This is used to reduce the heights of tree through reduction cuts or pollarding and is not common or recommended on many tree types.

4. Thinning 

       - Thinning of a Tree is the most common type of method used to accomplish desired goals in Tree Care. Tree Thinning can develop structure, open views, improve Aesthetics, Reduce Risk, Manage Health and much more.

Does your Tree need Trimmed?

According to ANSI Pruning standards there is 7 different reasons to trim your tree. 

7 Reasons to Trim your Tree.

1. Risk Reduction 

(eliminate or reduce potential for failure/damage)

2. Manage Health 

(Cut Back of diseased tissue)

3. Clearance 

(Trimming off house, drive etc)

4. Structural Improvement or Correction 

(Improve branch architecture on young to middle age trees)

5. View Improvement or Creation 

 (Vista Pruning)​

6. Aesthetic Improvement 

 (Shaping for Appearance)

7. Restoration 

 (Redevelop Damaged Trees through Tree Snipping or Cutting)

       Its no secret, We Love Trees!


       Often Tree Trimming can be 90% for the tree owners benefit and only 10% for the tree. 

       What can we do to help our tree?  


       1. Trim only 1 to 2 times for the life of the tree. Excessive Tree Pruning may open tree's to the spread of Micro-organisms, pests, decay and reduce overall tree vigor leading to unwanted Removal of your Tree. 


      2. Identify deficiencies and assist. Often trees require additional water for uptake, various amounts of nutrients or often times pest/insect mitigation to extend the life of the tree. Your local Certified Arborist can help with an evaluation.

Tree Pruning Service is just a call away!


Cutting on a Tree generally needs to be done for a multitude of reasons.

       - Structural shaping for health of tree. 

       - Risk mitigation for damage to tree or target clearance for surroundings. 

       Often times Tree Removal is prevented with proper diagnosis and care early on in a trees life. As a tree grows older the slower its biological functions become, slowing down CODIT and opening itself up to interior heart rot and decay. This can cause uncontrolled micro organism spread and reduce the life of your tree drastically.

       Olson Tree Care focuses on Tree Maintenance, the ongoing EAB outbreak likely will mean that Tree Removal will be an expense that we all may face. If you are wondering how much your next Tree Trimming Service may cost, call today for your tree estimate.