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Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure. Although forest trees grow quite well with only nature's pruning, landscape trees require a higher 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.

Proper tree trimming and shrub pruning can enhance plant function and performance in the 


landscape as well as increase structural strength and lessen risk of failure. At Diamond State Tree Experts, our professionals follow all industry pruning standards.

Our ISA Certified Arborists are experienced and trained to evaluate the condition of your trees. They can determine the types of trimming service required to balance your goals and those of managing plant health and safety.


Diamond State Tree Experts local tree care professionals are familiar with local conditions and will take exceptional care of your trees. We treat them as if they were our own !

Reasons to Trim or Prune a Tree

Trees are generally trimmed for one of three purposes: aesthetics, safety or health.

Aesthetics – Pruning a tree effectively helps to maintain its shape and appearance. However, you shouldn’t try to impose an unnatural shape or size on a tree. The amount of trimming and pruning that will be needed could seriously damage it.


Safety – Dead or broken branches and structurally weak limbs can fall off at any time, which is a serious safety hazard or potentially deadly. Deadwood should be removed as soon as possible. Low hanging branches or limbs that obstruct your vision while driving or provide unwanted hiding places should also be trimmed away. Finally, tree limbs and branches occasionally grow too close to houses or utility lines and should be trimmed before they cause damage.


Health – It is sometimes possible to save an infected tree by strategically pruning away affected branches and limbs. Thinning out keeps a tree looking natural after limbs have been trimmed. Thinning out is healthier for your tree, 


allowing for a faster recovery as appose to topping your tree. This is a good way to lighten up large trees by allowing air to flow through easier. If branches are crossing or rubbing together, they should be trimmed so that they don’t fall unexpectedly.

Benefits of Trimming & Pruning


  • Increase property value and aesthetics

  • Reduce risk of damage from storms

  • Improve plant shape and appearance

  • Provide clearance or reduce interference

  • Maintain plant health and vigor

  • Restore a plant damaged by storms, disease, or equipment

  • Reduce risk of tree failure

  • Improve or alter a view or line of sight

  • Encourage flower and fruit production

Methods & Techniques

Best Timing to Prune


Light pruning, which is generally all that should be needed in proactive tree management programs can be done at any time of the year. If major pruning is needed to compensate for structural defects or other reasons, during dormancy, or late fall to early spring is an ideal time because it is easier to spot potential hazards such as cracks, defects and deadwood in leafless trees, and apply corrective pruning when necessary.

Pruning is much more than the simple act of sawing off limbs. Proper pruning is an art based on scientific principles of plant physiology. At its most basic level, pruning trees involves removing damaged, dead or structurally weak limbs, which will improve a tree’s health and reduce the chances of personal or property damage caused by falling limbs. More advanced pruning methods aid in improving the tree’s structure and long-term health.

Proper pruning encourages growth, increases flower and fruit production, improves plant health and removes damaged limbs, all which give aesthetic appeal to a tree. Pruning at the right time and in the right way is critical, since it is possible to kill a tree by neglect or over-pruning. Pruning at the wrong time can be damaging to tree tissues. Spring flowering shrubs should be pruned after flowering. In fact, all flowering trees should also generally be pruned after they flower, in order to promote pollination and to maintain the number of blooms.

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