At Schwope Brothers Tree Farms pruning is an art that is taken very seriously. We have 11 men that have completed an apprenticeship program that qualifies them to prune trees. Most trees are pruned two times per year. They are cut during the doormat season to promote the structure of the canopy, and during the growing season to ensure fullness and symmetry. All of our shade trees are trained with a central leader that has the proper amount of scaffold branching. Shade trees are limbed up to Chicago style standards of at least 6’ at 3” caliper.