Shaping your tree doesn’t just keep it looking pretty, but it also has a great and positive impact on your tree’s health and growth by reducing the risk of catching disease and limb failure. On top of this, a beautifully shaped and strong tree can also up the value of any property.However, all of these positives rely on the shaping being done right. This is why we have put together this guide. Below, we have made a comprehensive list of things to watch out for as you shape your tree, and why it may be best to simply leave the cutting up to a Tree Care professional in Bay Area.

#1- Does Your Tree Need Pruning?

Before you whip out your equipment, you will first need to know if your tree is even in need of pruning, and if yes, if it is the right time of year for it to be pruned. When it comes to questions like this, it is often best to simply call up a local arborist and have them drop by to inspect the tree you plan to prune. They are experts for a reason and will know what to do to keep your tree in perfect health.

#2- When Is The Best Time To Shape Your Tree?

The perfect time to prune any tree is during the cold season, aka late fall or winter. This is because tree sap does not run during this time which will greatly reduce stress on your tree. Additionally, the vast majority of insect will be dormant throughout these months which significantly lowers the risk of infection and infestation. None of this means that you cannot, or should not, cut dead or severely damaged branches throughout the rest of the year. When a limb is in risk of failure, it is absolutely necessary for it to be removed since it poses a hazard to the surrounding people and property.

#3-Which Parts Need Pruning?

Pruning isn’t done by cutting random branches. There is a logic and a system behind it. You start by removing branches which are crossing or otherwise rubbing against each other, since these branches are at risk of snapping due to the weak spots created by the friction. Additionally, you should remove dead or disease-ridden branches.

#4- Do You Know How To Cut?

Never cut too close to the trunk, and always angle your tools away from the trunk. You do not want to damage the trunk. Additionally, cut into the bottom of the branch prior to cutting from the top to protect the surrounding bark. You may make a mistake and that is why it is important that you call in the professionals to do the tree care activities.


Anyone who really cares about their trees knows how hard it is to find a good tree trimmer. I’ve used both major name brands, and self employed tree trimmers, and have never been very satisfied, until now. ArborWorks trimmed my trees as carefully as I would have, if I knew how to climb trees!Don McIntyre, owner, responded within two days of my call, and his estimate was fair and thorough. He personally brought the foreman of the crew to my site to go over the job the evening before the crew would actually arrive. Don also visits the site as the work is performed, to make sure everything goes smoothly.If my trees could vocalize, they’d sing about the space created for light to enter the crown, and how good it feels to have the weight off the ends of the limbs. Even neighbors have come by to complement me on how good the trees look. “Best ever”.I only wish I had known about ArborWorks sooner. It took me 32 years to find them. I hope my trees will forgive me for taking so long…
Karen K. Mountain View, CA


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