Tree PruningTree Pruning

Tree pruning is the selective removal of tree branches and stems in order to improve the tree’s shape, structure, overall health and growth. It can also be done for aesthetic reasons, to clear away any dead or diseased wood, or to improve the tree’s resistance to wind and ice damage. Proper pruning techniques are essential to the health and safety of the tree, and should only be performed by a qualified arborist.

When To Prune Trees

Outside of the fall or when it’s wet out, there is never really a bad time to help protect your tree and property by removing diseased, dead, or damaged branches. However, the best time to prune your trees is during the mid to late winter season right before spring. Pruning during this seasonal transition will minimize the length of time that the tree has fresh wounds.  When new growth begins it will seal the wounds from the pruning process. Additionally, since most trees are dormant during the months of November through March, pruning trees during this time can help select which sections of the tree needs the most attention, since the branch structure of the tree is no longer obstructed by leaves.

Telltale Signs A Tree Needs To Be Pruned

  • Abnormal Growth or Shape

A tree’s growth habit is determined by its species and the environment in which it grows. Some trees, such as maples, grow rapidly and need to be pruned regularly to maintain a desired shape. Others, like oaks, grow more slowly and require less frequent pruning. However, regardless of a tree’s natural growth habit, any time its growth is abnormal – whether it’s growing too quickly or too slowly, or if its shape is distorted – it’s a sign that the tree needs to be pruned. This can be due to a variety of factors, including damage to the roots or trunk, pest infestation, excessive fruit production, or simply aging. By pruning back the affected branches, you can encourage the tree to resume its normal growth pattern and improve its overall appearance.

  • Damage from a storm

Trees are an important part of the ecosystem, providing shade and homes for wildlife. However, they can also be dangerous when they are not properly cared for. One of the most common problems that tree owners face is storm damage. When strong winds and heavy rains hit, trees can be uprooted or broken. Not only does this pose a risk to property and people, but it can also kill the tree. In order to prevent storm damage, trees need to be regularly pruned. This involves removing dead or dying branches, as well as any branches that are growing in a direction that could make them vulnerable to high winds. By taking these steps, tree owners can help ensure that their trees stay healthy and safe during storms.

  • Overgrown or Dense Trees

Overgrown or dense trees are a great indicator that the tree needs to be pruned. Pruning dense or overgrown trees can help increase the tree’s resistance to wind and storms. However, pruning should be done carefully in order to avoid damaging the tree. If you are unsure how to properly prune a tree, we recommend contacting one of our professional arborists here at Shades of Green.

  • Crossing Branches

Tree pruning is important for the health of the tree and the safety of those around it. By removing dead, diseased, or damaged branches, you can help the tree to grow more strongly and evenly. However, determining which branches need to be removed can be tricky. One surefire sign that a branch needs to be pruned is if it crosses another branch. This can cause the branches to rub against each other, which can damage the bark and stunt the growth of both branches. In addition, crossed branches can create weak points in the tree that can make it more susceptible to wind damage and breakage. As a result, it’s important to remove any crossed branches before they cause problems.

  • Cracks in the Bark

Cracks in the bark are a good indicator that a tree needs to be pruned. The main reason for this is that the bark acts as a protective layer for the tree. It helps to keep pests and diseases out, and it also helps to regulate the tree’s temperature. When the bark is damaged, it can no longer perform these functions effectively. In addition, cracks in the bark can provide an entry point for pests and diseases, which can do further damage to the tree. As a result, it is important to prune trees regularly to prevent the bark from becoming damaged.

  • Dead or Diseased Limbs

Dead or diseased limbs are a telltale sign that a tree needs to be pruned. Not only do they look unsightly, but they can also pose a safety hazard. Over time, dead limbs can become brittle and break off, potentially injuring anyone nearby. In addition, diseased limbs can spread their infection to the rest of the tree, putting the entire tree at risk and could ultimately result in a tree removal. By pruning away dead and diseased limbs, you can help to keep your tree healthy and safe.

  • Broken Branches

When you’re out walking in the park or in your own backyard, have you ever noticed broken branches on a tree? While it’s not unusual for a branch to break during a storm, if you see multiple broken branches, it’s a telltale sign that the tree needs to be pruned. Over time, branches can become weak and brittle, and when they’re weighted down with leaves or fruit, they’re more likely to snap. Pruning helps to remove these weak and damaged branches, which can then help the tree to recover and remain healthy. In addition, pruning can also stimulate growth, as it encourages the tree to produce new buds and leaves. As a result, broken branches are not only an indication that a tree needs pruning, but they can also be beneficial for the tree’s long-term health.

  • Cankers

A canker is a dead or dying area of bark that gradually spreads over time. Cankers can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury, infection, and environmental stress. When a tree is under stress, it becomes more susceptible to canker formation. Once a canker has formed, it provides an entry point for diseases and pests, which can further damage the tree. As the canker continues to grow, it girdles the tree, preventing the flow of water and nutrients. This leads to dieback and eventually death of the tree. Since cankers are an alarming sign of a tree in distress, they should be removed during the pruning process. This will help to improve the tree’s overall health and appearance.

  • Power Lines

When trees grow too close to power lines, they can cause problems ranging from power outages to fires. As a result, utility companies typically require trees to be pruned on a regular basis. While this may seem like a hassle, it is actually an important safety measure. By trimming branches away from power lines, workers can help to prevent potential disasters. Because regular pruning can also help to extend the life of power lines by preventing damage from falling limbs pruning your tree that is close to power lines serve as a valuable safety tool.


We also offer other services if a complete removal isn’t in the cards yet, including:

Tree Removal

Shades of Green, Inc offers full service tree removal to maintain and improve the health of your property. No matter the size, big or small, or the location of the tree, Shades of Green, Inc’s team of professional, licensed specialists will provide the safest and most efficient removal possible. See some of our work for happy customers and undamaged properties.

Cabling and Bracing

Installation of this support system will aid in the future preservation of your tree. It will reduce the risk of tree failure due to long/heavy limbs, structural weakness and storm damage. This also offers you peace of mind when these large trees are next to your home.

Stump Removal

Have these annoying stumps that exist on your property replaced with new turf or new plantings. Stumps can be unsightly. Let us take care of them for you with our fast and ground sensitive stump grinder.  We also offer clean up and removal of the grindings, which are often left behind by most companies.

24-Hour Emergency Services

Shades of Green, Inc. is at your service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We understand that unforeseen accidents happen when trees and foul weather are combined. We will come out and make sure that the site is safe by removing material from houses, cars, etc., with ‘clean up’ taken care of as soon as possible. We make sure that jobs are done safely, while minimizing further risk to your property and neighboring properties.

For more information, or to schedule your free estimate, please contact our office at (215) 428-1323.

What our clients say...

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“We are so happy with your quick response to our needs. More than that, we appreciate your skillful, thorough & professional work. You work efficiently, but you also take the extra time and care to clean up branches, leaves & sawdust. It’s a pleasure to watch you work, and it’s this kind of work/business model that customers appreciate and gives you a serious business advantage!”

J. & B. Culbert, Philadelphia, PA May 3, 2016

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