How To Trim And Prune Your Trees

There are a lot of benefits when it comes to educating yourself on the art of tree trimming and pruning. First and foremost, you will be able to support your tree’s health and growth, while also protecting yourself and your property from damages which may otherwise have occurred through falling dead branches.While it is generally recommended to let the tree pruning professionals in Bay Area handle the pruning of large, old trees, it can still be useful to know what you are doing when it comes to shrubs and smaller trees. After all, a poor pruning could lead to serious health problems for your tree. In order to avoid that, you may read on to inform yourself on how to do it right.

Why should I prune and trim my trees?

As previously mentioned, there are quite a few benefits to pruning. That is, when the pruning is done right. There are three main categories when it comes to the benefits of proper pruning, starting with the aesthetical aspect.Through pruning, you can ensure that your tree will grow into a shape that you find aesthetically pleasing. However, we do firmly discourage you from attempting to achieve unnatural shapes since these growth patterns tend to require severe trimming which could permanently damage your tree, and potentially lead to its early demise. Thus, if you are not sure about doing it right, don’t try it at all. You can rely on the help of professionals to do whatever it is to maintain the health and stability of the trees on your property.

Significantly more important is the factor of safety. Without scheduled maintenance in the form of pruning, a tree could pose as a threat. Damaged or dying branches could fall at any time, not just during heavy winds. Additional safety hazards arise when your tree is positioned near a public sidewalk, a power line, or near your roof. In all of these cases, it is important to ensure that tree limbs keep a safe distance. In case of utility lines, be sure to let the utility company know of the threat so they can take care of the problem themselves.

And finally, we have the health factor. If caught early, an infected tree has a significantly heightened chance of survival through the method of strategic pruning. When diseased or infested limbs are removed early on, the tree will have good chances of recovering entirely. Additionally, pruning can also lead to increased airflow while also reducing the risk of weak spots on the tree’s limbs through the removal of crossing and rubbing branches. This in turn also significantly reduces the risk of limb failure.


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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