Pruning is typically performed for three main objectives- safety, health, and aesthetics.  Broken, split, and weakly connected limbs are often removed to protect people and property.  Diseased and dying limbs are removed to minimize the spread of pathogens.  During routine pruning, crossing and rubbing branches are removed, water sprouts are thinned, and deadwood is also cut out for aesthetic and safety reasons.  If you are interested in having your trees trimmed, please call today to schedule an estimate.


In some situations, the only feasible option is to remove a tree.  Whether your tree is large or small, Powell’s Tree Care can safely remove it and clean up all debris.  Clayton specializes in the difficult technical removals.  He loves rigging and has an arsenal of rigging equipment and techniques to safely lower large limbs and sections of trunk.  If you are interested in seeing how much it would cost to remove your tree, please call 405-714-2939.


Structural Pruning


Often, trees are planted and then forgotten after the first growing season.  A good maintenance plan tends to lead to better structure, stronger trees, and mitigation of future problems and trimming costs.  We can’t stress the importance of structural pruning enough!  Structural pruning is intentional.  Certain low limbs are left in place on the sapling to help develop trunk taper and provide a strong base.  Codominant stems/leaders are removed or reduced to encourage a dominant central leader and a nice straight trunk.  Starting out, the tree is revisited every couple of years.  Strategic limbs are removed to promote well-spaced scaffold branches.  With a regular trimming schedule, fewer cuts are necessary and the limbs being removed have a much smaller diameter, resulting in smaller wounds and less stress to the tree.  The trees are also able to heal over the smaller wounds more quickly.  Trimming frequency will decrease as the tree ages, and each trimming will be much less intensive than if the same tree was neglected for twenty years.


Stump Grinding

Stump grinding is a great, quick way to get rid of unsightly stumps after trees are removed.  Stumps are typically ground four to six inches below the surface but can be ground deeper if the situation requires it.  Some chips are typically hauled off, and the rest are raked back into the hole in a neat pile. Please call OKIE if you are concerned about underground utilities near your stump- Powell’s Tree Care is not responsible for underground utilities.


Cabling and Bracing


Some trees may have poor branch unions that are weak and prone to failure.  Instead of completely removing a stem or the entire tree, homeowners may consider cabling and/or bracing as a possible option if the risk to people or property can be safely mitigated to an acceptable level.  Bracing involves adding one or more metal rods close to the weak branch union. Cabling, often done in conjunction with bracing, is accomplished by installing one or more static or dynamic cables higher up in the canopy. By being located higher up in the canopy, cabling takes advantage of leverage and tends to provide much more support for longer limbs than bracing does.  To find out if your tree is a good candidate for either cabling or bracing, please call for a free consultatation.


Planting the right tree in the right place makes a world of difference in terms of future enjoyment and tree longevity.  If you are interested in adding shade and beautifying your property by planting trees, but are unsure of what species to plant or the best location for a new tree, Powell’s Tree Care can help you decide.  Schedule an on-site consultation to find the perfect trees for your property and landscape goals.


Trunk Injections

Powell’s Tree Care recently added Arborjet trunk injections as a new service, primarily as an economical and environmentally friendly treatment option for fall webworm.  Trunk injections can also help trees deal with nutrient deficiencies and protect from numerous other pests.  Instead of spraying pesticides on the canopy and risking wind drift, the arborist drills small holes around the base of the tree (the number of holes are determined by trunk diameter) and injects formulations directly into the vascular system of the tree.  Specially designed plugs are left in the injection sites to create a seal and protect the tree from pests.  Most trees typically cover over these plugs in a couple of growing seasons.  Powell’s Tree Care always encourages the use of good cultural practices to manage pests and diseases, but is proud to offer trunk injections for the times when those are inadequate.