How to properly trim (prune) a tree:

Tree trimming also called pruning may seem like something that can be done by just anyone, but pruning shears or a saw in the wrong hands can quickly turn into serious and permanent damage to your trees. When done properly tree trimming can improve the health of your tree and help to extend its life. The best part is that a proper tree pruning can enhance the beauty of your entire property and add value to your home! 

This guide contains all of the information needed to help you prune your own trees. If you don’t feel up to the task of trimming your own trees this guide will help you understand the process and be more informed when you are looking to hire a tree service to help you with your tree trimming project. 

Benefits of proper tree trimming and pruning:

  • Train your tree’s structure for strength and safety. This helps to avoid damage by storms!
  • Tree pruning promotes healthy growth in the amount that will not stress your tree. 
  • Proper pruning cuts can help your tree close wounds quickly and reduce opportunity for disease infection. 
  • Proper tree pruning can provide a better view of your home while creating shade in useful ways that still allow your grass to grow. 
  • Regular tree pruning by a trained professional can transform your tree’s canopy into the ideal shape for your yard.
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Types of Tree Pruning:

Ways to prune a tree
  • Crown Raising: Crown raising involves removing lower branches from a tree to raise or lift the canopy to provide clearance for structures, traffic and better view. See our full guide to crown raising here.
  • Crown Thinning: Crown thinning is a technique used to remove unwanted interior branches from a trees canopy. Thinning is helpful when normal selective pruning is not enough to provide adequate airflow or light penetration through the canopy. 
  • Deadwood Removal: Deadwood removal is one of the most necessary steps in proper tree pruning. Deadwood and broken branches are attractive to insects and fungal diseases that can infect a trees living tissue. Removing deadwood is also important to reduce risk of damage to objects below the tree. 
  • Crown Reduction Pruning: Crown reduction is the proper way to reduce the length and height of branches in trees that have outgrown the size of their location or have become at risk of major limb failure. Crown reduction cuts are a way to prune larger tree limbs without causing long term damage such as the harmful technique of tree topping. 
  • Crown Restoration Pruning: Crown restoration is a tree pruning technique that is used to help re-distribute the weight of tree branches when a tree has been damaged or subjected to years of improper pruning. Crown restoration pruning generally takes several years to complete as the tree pruners can only adjust branches in small amounts each year. This type of tree pruning can be used as an alternative to removing a tree following substantial damage and is often very beneficial in the long run. 

Tree trimming and pruning tools:

  • Train your tree’s structure for strength and safety. This helps to avoid damage by storms!
  • Tree pruning promotes healthy growth in the amount that will not stress your tree. 
  • Proper pruning cuts can help your tree close wounds quickly and reduce opportunity for disease infection. 
  • Proper tree pruning can provide a better view of your home while creating shade in useful ways that still allow your grass to grow. 
  • Regular tree pruning by a trained professional can transform your tree’s canopy into the ideal shape for your yard.
Tree Pruning and Tree Trimming by Certified Arborist Tree Service

Tree pruning by our certified arborists is best for your trees!

Tree pruning is best completed by a tree care professional who knows and understands ANSI standards for tree care. Our Texas Tree Team arborists have the expert training to understand the methods and techniques used to properly complete your tree pruning job. 

Call us to come out and evaluate your trees, we will help you determine which trees are in need of pruning and what type of pruning will help your trees thrive. We can give you a detailed estimate of the work we recommend along with a free consultation to help you learn more about the proper care of your trees.

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Tree pruning promotes healthy growth of branches and limbs and helps create a beautiful tree canopy where you can relax and enjoy your property with family and friends.  Call Texas Tree Team today to discuss your tree pruning project and help us take your tree care to the next level.