Coeur d'Alene, one of the cities in North Idaho, is known to be an advocate of urban forestry. The city believes that trees play an extensive role in metropolitan infrastructure. It promotes community awareness about proper handling of tree populations in community settings for the purpose of improving the environment. Trees planted on private property provide a variety of benefits to humans and the environment.

Some of these benefits include the following:

  • eliminate air pollutants
  • abate soil erosion
  • reduce storm water runoff.
  • provide shade
  • contribute to a 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 is not limited to the 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 factors is when you notice that a tree in your yard is dead or critically dying. Those kinds of trees have a great chance of falling on your property and endangering the lives of passersby, which I believe you never wanted to happen. Some of us might not be aware of or have a difficult time determining which tree is due for removal. To help you with this burden, below are 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 have structural problems such as interior decay
  • tree that is too large for its location and poses a danger
  • dead and old trees that attract pests

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

Risks of Not Planting Trees

Tree pruning is 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 trees 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 the overall health of your trees.

Trees in the landscape require periodic pruning to control their size and shape to achieve desirable growth and avoid unwanted decay 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 remain virtually unnoticed. However, if trees are not pruned over a number of years, major pruning changes the tree's form and considerably compromises 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 in 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 a free assessment or 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