Coeur d’ Alene, one of the cities in North Idaho known to be an advocate of Urban Forestry. The city believes that trees provide an extensive role of metropolitan infrastructure. It promotes community awareness about proper handling of tree population in community settings for the purpose of improving the environment. Trees planted on private property provide variety of benefits to human and the environment.

Some of these benefits are the following:

  • eliminate air pollutants
  • abate soil erosion
  • reduce storm water runoff
  • provide shade
  • contribute calming and relaxing setting

You, as part of this community and household, can help maintain your trees’ health as well as your family’s welfare. This goal can be achieved by TREE REMOVAL and not limited to removal of dead, dying, diseased and broken branches of a certain tree which is called TREE PRUNING.


When do you decide to remove a tree? Well, there are several factors to consider before removing a tree. One of the most obvious factor is when you notice that a tree in your yard is dead or critically dying. Those kind of trees have a great chance of falling on your property and endangering the lives of the passers-by which I believe, you never wanted to happen. Some of us might not be aware or having a difficult time determining which tree is due for removal. To help you with this burden, below is the most common factors that you should consider:

  • unhealthy trees
  • rotting trees or critically inclining or leaning in a dangerous direction
  • trees that overhang the property of the neighbor
  • trees that has structural problem such as interior decay
  • tree that is too large for its location and poses a danger
  • dead and old trees that attracts the pests

If one of these factors arise in your yard, we recommend you to seek for an expert to do an assessment that will tell you if your tree needs to be removed or just pruned.


Tree Pruning is a tree maintenance that involves removing dead, dying or living branches without damaging or compromising the entire tree. This activity eliminates damaged, non-productive, structurally unsound tissue from tree and landscape plants.  It reduces the risk of falling branches. Tree Pruning improves tree form by controlling and directing its growth. This process helps to eliminate the danger that threatens your family and investment property. Proper pruning can help in obtaining the best form and maintaining overall health of your trees.

Trees in the landscape requires periodic pruning to control its size and shape to achieve desirable growth and avoid unwanted decaying of the branches. If minor pruning is done every year, the job is manageable and the tree will remain healthy. A beautiful plant form is retained and pruning cuts remained virtually unnoticed. However, if trees are not pruned over number period of years, major pruning changes the trees’ form and considerably compromise its health.

Maybe in the back of your mind you were asking: “Do we really need to care about how a tree grows?”,

“Is pruning really necessary?”, “Do we really need to call an expert to do proper tree pruning”

The answer is definitely a big YES. It is never too late to take care of the trees around your yard. Risk reduction and the improvement of tree stability are important pruning objectives. Structural correction while the tree is young is the best way to reduce risk and potential failure when the tree matures. According to the official website of Coeur d’ Alene: “Pruning, done correctly, can do much to enhance tree health and appearance. Done incorrectly, it can cause starvation, shock, an excess of new growth, hazardous limb attachments, ugliness and even the death of the tree.”

For Free Assessment/Estimate in Coeur d’ Alene and cities in North Idaho:

Call 1-877-905-TREE or (208) 443-3600 or visit the Northern Lakes Tree Service website at

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