Methods of Tree Pruning

Tree pruning is an essential way of caring for the health and growth of the plants. It is done with purpose for it has a big role in in determining how a tree grows, observe their growing pattern and restrict their rapid growth. It also helps protects the structural integrity of the tree, while other forms of pruning improves and maintains the quality of flowers, fruit and foliage. Pruning ensures safety if you make the tree grown in its appropriate angle and direction to prevent the branches fall on your property and harm your family members. When pruning the tree, it is important to consider the size, species, and age of it in order to come up with the correct plan.


Crown lifting is a type of pruning which involves removing the lower branches or limbs in the crown. This is usually done to provide vertical clearance to a specific height to minimize the stress to the tree. Northern Lakes Tree Service has a wide understanding on how much the lower canopy or branches needs to be pruned and help in allowing over more light to pass beneath the crown. Crown lifting is often done with the crown not lifted more than 1/3 of the overall tree height.


Crown thinning is a pruning technique fundamentally used in hardwood trees. It involves the selective removal of stem and branches throughout the crown, with the purpose of increasing the light penetration and the air circulation throughout the crown of a tree. Consider that if you remove too many branches from the center of the crown that can negatively affect the tree and make its structure weak and poor. Crown thinning is responsible for opening up the foliage of a tree and helps maintain the tree’s natural shape by reducing weight on its heavy limbs. Usually, crown thinning is done by removing no more than ¼ of the tree’s live foliage.


Crown reduction is done to clear tree branches, reduction of the crown through cutting it to its suitable and proportional growth point and by shortening its branches. Crown reduction pruning utilized when the tree has outgrown the space where it stands. The canopy of the tree is reduced to decrease its height and the space it occupies. The branch tips are cut back to lateral branches that can take over as the terminal point of growth. It is done if the side of the branch is at least 1/3 of the diameter of the branch that is likely to be cut. When the branch is removed, the nutrients and water can be sustained back to the lateral branch, and will resume its growth. Due to this, the tree will have fewer sprouts and its growth will be restricted and preserved.


This type of pruning is done when there are damages in trees brought by storms or there are cuts and wounds in the tree for it has been vandalized. It involves removing the broken or weak branches back to the lateral branches and assure the good condition of the limbs. Northern Lakes Tree Service has a wide professional experience on restoring the health of the trees by cutting back the branches to smaller size lateral branches and aim that the tree will regain its natural form and structure with its sustainable growth.