Tree Pruning (or tree trimming) is the most common tree care procedure. It helps to keep the tree healthy and strong, but also requires great care and experience. At Royal Tree Service we understand how trees and shrubs will respond to different types of pruning treatments. We also understand how properly maintained trees can add value to your property.

Improper pruning can easily damage a tree, or even kill it. Different species will respond differently to different pruning cuts, and this makes the location, angle and size of each cut important, depending on the species.

Urban trees often require pruning to maintain their integrity and aesthetic contribution to the environment, but nothing should be removed without good reason. Trees need a dense crown of leaves for their growth and development, and unnecessary pruning can create significant health stress for the tree.

At Royal Tree Service we carefully consider the tree’s biology before cutting out any branches.

Most Common Tree Pruning Treatments

SANITATION PRUNE Pruning specifically for the removal of dead, diseased or otherwise unhealthy wood, crossing and crowded or poorly attached branches.
CLEARANCE PRUNE Creating space around wires, roofs, and other infrastructure. The re-growth rate is considered when choosing the clearance distance, as is the bending of branches caused by snow and ice.
CROWN THINNING This is the selective removal of branches to increase light penetration, usually to reduce shade on pools. There are specific limitations to what is possible, as too much pruning causes the tree to react by rapidly producing numerous leaves to compensate.
CROWN RAISE / VISTA PRUNE This is done to improve views that are obstructed by branches, or to allow the passage of lawn mowers or cars, etc.
CROWN REDUCTION / END-WEIGHT REDUCTION This is one of the most complicated treatments, and takes a lot of experience to get it done correctly. Trees often have weaknesses in the lower portions of the tree, either due to natural growth issues or decay from damage. This treatment reduces the end weight on the limb, thereby reducing the lever action on the weak area. It is an excellent way to reduce the chance of tree failure and lengthen a trees life. It is often accompanied with the installation of a supporting cable.
CROWN RESTORATION Some trees are still being topped by old-school tree cutters. Trees react to be topped by rapidly re-growing the crown. Within a few years the crown is as tall as it was before topping, but has many more branches and leaves. This crowding, and the decay in the cut area, leads to dense shadows and the gradual collapse of that area of the crown. Restoration involves the selective removal of specific branches to try to train the tree to have a more normal crown again.


Do not allow the top of the tree to be removed as a way to control the height. For a word of warning about Topping a Tree click here.

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