What Is Tree Pruning?

Pruning is the most common tree and shrub maintenance practice. It involves carefully removing dead, damaged, diseased or otherwise unwanted tree branches.

Proper pruning of trees will add to their aesthetic value, improve their strength and maintain their safety.

It's important that pruning be done properly - improper pruning can cause irreparable damage, create hazards and even shorten a tree’s life.

Why Prune Your Trees?

There are many good reasons to prune trees, including the following:

  • Removing diseased, dead, or storm-damaged branches that look ugly and could hurt someone
  • Thinning the crown to allow for new growth and better air circulation (which makes for a healthier tree)
  • Reducing the height of the tree (note that we do NOT top trees)
  • Removing lower branches that are blocking walkways or branches that are hitting your house
  • Enhancing your views
  • Shaping a tree so it looks better

Types of Tree Pruning

pruning diagram

There are three general types of tree pruning - pruning for safety, health and aesthetics.

Pruning for safety involves removing damaged or diseased branches while reducing the risk of failure from wind and snow loads, and maintaining the structural integrity of the tree. This usually means removing branches that could fall and damage your property or hurt someone.

Pruning for tree health makes trees healthier by removing diseased or insect-infested wood, promoting air flow and removing crossing or rubbing branches.

Pruning for aesthetics is done to enhance the natural form and character of your trees and shrubs. We can improve the shape of the tree, open up your view, and ensure proper tree structure.

Experience Matters

Whether it’s a mature tree that needs corrective or preventative pruning, a young tree that needs pruning to develop a strong structure and desirable form, or a landscape shrub, your plants will benefit from pruning by a professional arborist. Proper pruning takes knowledge and experience in both the science and art of pruning - something our ISA Certified Arborists have in abundance.

Most trees need regular pruning to look their best and stay strong and healthy. Give us a call at 440-564-1374 and we'll be happy to take a look at your trees and give you an assessment of what kind of pruning would be best. Our estimates are always free.

Great Job Pruning My Pin Oak

Your guys did a great job pruning my pin oak. They were very professional, courteous and respectful.  I enjoyed watching them keep our tree healthy & making it more attractive. Thanks.

Bob Z
Pepper Pike

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What Our Customers Are Saying

Your employees were terrific in getting the job done at my home.  They took my crab apple down and  really helped me with good advice on trimming my backyard trees.  The guys were friendly, professional and quick to get the job done… I will certainly recommend your company to all my friends and neighbors.

~ MaryAnn Porcaro, Auburn Township

I highly recommend Independent Tree. They are arborists who know how to correctly prune a tree and they have a sense of esthetics so they won’t leave your tree looking lopsided. When they climb your tree to remove branches they do not use crampons which can cause an injury to the tree. They are also very careful of surrounding shrubs and flowers. If you love your trees, use Independent Tree
~ Sherry Schmidt, Shaker Heights, OH