Pruning Mature Trees

Pruning mature trees may require special equipment, training and experience. If the pruning work requires climbing, the use of a chain or hand saws, or the removal of large limbs, the use of personal safety equipment, such as protective eye wear and hearing protection is a must.

Pruning TreesCertified Arborists can provide a variety of services to assist in performing the job safely and reducing risk of personal injury and damage to your property. Trained crews will have all of the required safety equipment and liability insurance. They are also able to determine what type of pruning is necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance and safety of your trees.

Avoid using the services of a company that:

  • Advertises tree topping as a service. Topping is harmful to trees and is not an accepted practice
  • Uses tree climbing spikes to climb trees that are being pruned. Climbing spikes can damage trees, and their use should be limited to trees that are being removed.

If branches have broken, stubs remaining on the tree should be pruned back to the next largest branch.

Correct Steps to Pruning

  • Step A - Cut through 1/2 of the branch from underneath about 1 foot from the trunk. This will help prevent stripping or peeling the bark off of the trunk.
  • Step B - A few inches further from the first cut, make a cut from the top of the branch downward. This will remove the entire branch.
  • Step C - Locate the branch collar (a layer of wrinkled bark where the branch attaches to the trunk) and where the branch bark ridge (a raised area of bark at the branch/trunk union). Make the final cut just outside of the branch collar and the branch bark ridge, at a slight downward and outward angle. Do not cut into the collar or leave a stub.