What is Ethical Tree Care

Educating our clients on how best to manage their trees is our mandate.  Our consultants can provide professional advice on different options to meet our clients’ needs.  We can determine the best course of action whether a tree can be preserved or has reached its limit of viability.

We prune trees to promote tree health and to encourage good structure.  Over pruning or removing more than 25% of a tree’s leaf bearing canopy in a single pruning operation can jeopardize tree health and structure. Limb clearance from building structures and increasing available light in to yards are the two most requested client objectives.  These objectives can be achieved through directional pruning and elevation while still preserving the health of the tree.

Our arborists will not use spurs or tree spikes to climb into a tree unless we are removing the tree.  Spurring trees which are to be retained results in hundreds of unnecessary puncture wounds which allow the spread of disease and decay.  The long lasting effects of spur wounds can cause tree decline and even weaken tree structure.  Our arborists are trained and skilled to ascend into trees without the use of spurs.

At Kelly’s Tree Care we do not top trees.  “Topping” or the aggressive reduction of tree height is an unacceptable and unprofessional practice that does not make a tree that is “too big” safer.  Topping essentially destroys the tree’s natural form, encourages the spread of decay, and thereby making the tree more hazardous. Topping promotes an emergency growth response in a tree by producing excessive amounts of water shoots, typically referred as suckers.  These shoots are fast growing and are weakly attached to the tree. To learn more about the effects of topping trees please visit to go to http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/topping.aspx .

Kelly’s Tree Care does not indiscriminately remove healthy specimen trees without valid justification. We do not support the removal of healthy protected trees (according to municipal by-laws) for the purpose of increasing satellite reception, improving vista views, or because the tree is simply “too big and messy”. We will recommend tree removal if the tree is dead, structurally unsafe, in severe decline, affected with a terminal disease, or is causing structural damage to building structures.