Pruning not only improves the appearance of your trees and shrubs, but also improves their health and safety.

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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 can:

enhance their appearance

increase your property value

improve strength, structural stability, and safety

contribute to your enjoyment of your outdoor space

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

Independent Tree arborist using a chainsaw to prune a tree

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 canopy of the tree 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, sidewalks, or patios, or branches that are hitting your house

Enhancing the view from your home or property

Shaping a tree so it looks better

Types of Tree Pruning

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There are three general types of tree pruning - pruning for tree safety, health, and aesthetics. Often, the three go hand-in-hand - safe, healthy trees are usually more visually appealing.

Pruning for safety

This involves removing damaged or diseased branches while reducing the risk of failure from wind and snow loads, as well as maintaining the structural integrity of the tree. This usually means removing branches that could fall and damage your property or hurt someone using a pruning technique called crown cleaning.

Pruning for tree health

This type of pruning makes trees healthier by removing diseased or insect-infested wood, promoting airflow, and removing crossing or rubbing branches. Both crown cleaning and crown thinning fall into this category.

Pruning for aesthetics

If you want to enhance the natural form and character of your trees and shrubs, there are several pruning techniques that we can use. For example, we can improve the shape of the tree through crown reduction, open up your view with canopy thinning or crown raising, and ensure proper tree structure with crown cleaning.

Independent Tree arborist doing dormant pruning in a tree

Dormant Pruning in Winter

Pruning your shrubs and trees while they are still dormant is one of the best yard care practices.  By having Independent Tree complete pruning during the winter, you can expect your trees to grow more vigorously in the spring.

How Does Dormant Pruning Work?

By pruning deciduous trees and shrubs (those that lose their leaves) during the winter, the reshaping of the trees causes less stress to the plant itself. The process of pruning also reduces the collective amount of buds on the branches.

In the spring, the net effect is that the stored energy of the tree is directed toward fewer buds and branches, providing the plant with renewed life and energy. In addition, because the tree is dormant when the pruning is done, it more quickly heals from the cuts and bruises that are part of the pruning process and can prevent infections from occurring.

Dormant pruning is the ideal pruning option for most deciduous trees and many shrubs.

Our staff of tree care specialists and certified arborists are experts in all varieties of trees and shrubs that are common to the Northeast Ohio canopy system. We can quickly identify the species in your yard and let you know the requirements of pruning.


Great Job!

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, OH


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.

Highly Recommended

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 spikes 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