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Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure. Residential and Commercial trees require a high level of care to maintain their structural integrity and aesthetics. Pruning must be done with an understanding of tree biology. Improper pruning can create lasting damage or even shorten the tree's life.

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We Do Not Top Trees!

Topping is perhaps the most destructive tree pruning practice performed. However, with more than 25 years of literature and seminars explaining its harmful effects, topping remains a common practice.

Topping is the unsystematic cutting of tree branches to stubs or to lateral branches that are not large enough to assume the terminal role. Other names for topping may include “heading,” “tipping,” “hat-racking,” and “rounding over."


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Often it becomes necessary to remove a tree. Reasons can vary from disease, felling risks, or new construction to name a few. Tree removal is the last resort and our Arborist can help you with that decision. If removal is the best option, we have the equipment and the skills to safely complete any size job.


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Insect & Disease Control

Spray treatments are the most effective and cost-efficient method to regain tree health by fighting insect pests and tree diseases. Our Arborist will inspect your tree to diagnose the problem if one exists. After diagnosis, we treat your trees with the right product at the right time to eradicate the issue(s).

By using products targeted to your specific insect or disease, and carefully timed application, we minimize the amount of chemical needed to solve your problem. Timing is the key to successful treatment.  Augustus Arborist Services carefully monitors environmental cues to determine the ideal time for the treatment to occur. Weather is a factor.  We will not treat while it is raining or windy.

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Cabling and Bracing

Cabling and bracing are two techniques used to hold a tree together so that it won’t split apart (or split further) and to prevent branches from breaking.

In some cases, tree removal is the only viable option when dealing with splitting or failing trees. But if the tree is healthy enough and if an Arborist is contacted in time, cabling and/or bracing may be able to save your tree.


Cables (usually metal) are fastened between branches to restrict the distance that a branch can move in relation to the rest of the tree. Cables are usually installed across a weak crotch to reduce the risk of a branch breaking or on overextended branches to support the branch. 


Bracing is mostly used on a tree with codominant stems (to stop the stems from moving around) or when a tree trunk or branch has split (to hold the split parts together). It involves using a strong metal rod that’s either screwed into the two stems or poked through the tree stems and bolted together. The rods hold the tree parts firmly in place and are typically used in conjunction with at least one cable for additional support.