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Common Pruning Techniques Your Tree Specialist May Consider

Have you scheduled a tree pruning appointment with your tree surgeon? This procedure is meant to enhance the health condition of your trees and promote safety by eliminating the overgrown, decaying, diseased, or dead branches. The pruning experts also eliminate water sprout growth to restrict or encourage growth in specific areas.

To attain all these benefits and more, arborists need to use certain tree pruning techniques. The application varies depending on the pruning requirements, but all will help you attain the desired objectives. Here are common pruning techniques the specialist may use.

Crown Reduction 

If you need a pruning service to reduce the overall height of some trees, then your specialist will opt for the crown reduction technique. This method entails getting rid of the tiny branches growing on the large or heavy branches so the tree doesn't become heavy at the top. Crown reduction is ideal for younger plants as it promotes growth while keeping the tree strong.

Crown Thinning 

This form of pruning is designed to remove all small and weak limbs that may be growing at the top part of the tree. Once they are eliminated, the tree canopy will open up, letting in more light and air to the limbs and leaves below. The technique also lightens large limb loads, reducing the risk of losing major branches in case of strong winds or a storm.


Deadwooding is selective pruning that eliminates the diseased, dead, or damaged branches or stems. This pruning should be done regularly as it keeps the trees safe and healthy. It also reduces movement decay risks and is suitable for established plants because it doesn't involve removing live stems unnecessarily.

Raise Canopy

If you want to raise your trees' canopy, your tree pruning expert will use this technique. They will focus on removing the tree's low-hanging branches to raise the canopy. The pruning method is mainly applied on trees overhanging roads, sidewalks, and houses and is beneficial if you want to let sunlight reach the plants or grass below the trees. 

But, the process may cause harm to more mature trees, so the expert will only recommend it if it's just for young trees. Over time, all the young trees will match the rest in the landscaping, leaving them strong, healthy, and well-manicured.

Now that you know a few details about common pruning techniques don't tell your pruning expert what to do. Just discuss your pruning goals and allow them to do their work. They are trained and experienced and will pick the most suitable pruning method to meet your needs.

To learn more, contact a tree service near you.