Client Testimonials

"Howard Gaffin is an expert in his field. He is a top notch arborist and is also willing to listen to the land-owner's desires and is able to cooperate to achieve mutually satisfactory results."

N. Grigg
- Boxford, MA


First rule: Do no harm. Tree pruning practices and techniques will vary depending on the age, location, and condition of the tree. As a general rule, young trees may require a fair amount of live growth removed over time to achieve proper form. Older trees should only have dead, diseased or hazardous limbs removed. This type of work is best performed by certified arborists to ensure proper pruning techniques are employed. We follow pruning guidelines as set forth by ANSI regulations.

Fruit Tree Pruning

Many people have small home orchards or ornamental fruit trees. Pruning styles will vary depending upon the clients goals, whether it’s fruit production, aesthetic form, or something in between.

Pruning ornamental fruit treesPruning ornamental fruit trees. Pruned peach trees.
Apple TreeApple tree

Shrub Pruning

Shrubs are but small trees, and many of the same principals apply. Proper dose and timing are important to produce healthy, attractive plants.

Wisteria after pruningWisteria after pruning. Wisteria in bloomWisteria in bloom.
Flaming EnkianthusFlaming Enkianthus. Smokebush in bloomSmokebush in bloom.

Young Tree Pruning

Proper or improper pruning of young trees play an essential role in their future. Defective and competing limbs are removed in a timely fashion over a period of years. Proper pruning will help ensure a structurally sound, aesthetically pleasing tree.


Structural Pruning

The young red maple on the left had three competing limbs forming the top of the tree. One was removed and the other reduced to keep a strong central leader. The copper beech was pruned early in life to achieve good form.

Young red maple after pruning.Young red maple after pruning.
Nicely formed beechNicely formed beech.



This juvenile sugar maple was thinned to remove dead, diseased, and competing limbs. Clockwise from top, left: Before, during and after thinning

Juvenile sugar maple before pruning  Juvenile sugar maple after pruning 
Juvenile sugar maple pruned to remove dead, diseased, and competing limbs  Juvenile sugar maple pruned to remove dead, diseased, and competing limbs