Pruning involves the removal of deadwood, damaged limbs and stubs. When done correctly, it is possible to reduce a tree’s susceptibility to wind and storm damage, increase sunlight penetration to lawn areas, and develop a strong structure. In addition, pruning can restrict growth in one area and encourage growth in another, improve aesthetic appeal, flower and fruit production, and overall general health. Carroll Tree Service will always prune trees properly according to current Tree Care Industry Association and ANSI Standards. As a member of the TCIA, we recognize that topping and lion’s tailing are unacceptable pruning practices.

 Specific types of pruning include:

  • Young Tree Training - Promotes good form and strong branching early on

  • Crown Cleaning - Removal of weak, diseased, dead, and crowded branches, preventing breakage that can endanger the tree, property, and people

  • Crown Thinning - Opens the crown, reduces weight on branches, maintains shape, improves air movement and increases light through canopy, reduces risk of foliar disease

  • Crown Raising - Removal of lower branches, provides clearance

  • Crown Reduction – Properly reduces crown size for clearance and reduces branch weight to prevent breakage. Crown reduction is very different from topping - topping is an unacceptable pruning practice

  • Shrubbery Trimming / Shaping / Shearing - Controls size. To enhance a shrub's natural form, hand pruning is often recommended

  • Ornamental Trees & Shrubbery – Consideration is taken for the special pruning needs of delicate ornamental trees & shrubbery