Tree Trimming – What You Should Know About Tree Pruning

Tree trimming, also known as pruning, is one of the most important aspects of maintaining long-lasting healthy trees and shrubs.




safety benefits of tree trimming: caution symbol on leafSafety Benefits: Proper pruning creates & maintains a strong tree structure, preventing safety hazards such as low growing and dead branches.aesthetic benefits of tree trimming: pretty flower on leafAesthetic Benefits: Proper pruning will promote new growth, more vibrant colors, and keep your tree looking neat and tidy.
health benefits of tree trimming: tree doctor on leafHealth Benefits: Trimming your trees will eliminate dead and diseased branches. By removing these branches you help stop the spread of disease and insects within the rest of your tree, as well as reduce any unnecessary weight carried by the tree.aesthetic benefits of tree trimming: eyes on leafVisual Access Benefits: Trimming your tree can open up your landscape, allowing more sunlight into your yard and improving your view.


Certified Arborists will evaluate your trees and your concerns and recommend the best type of pruning cuts to achieve your desired results.

Maintenance Tree Trimming: Removal of dead, dying, diseased, crossing branches, depending on the species and health.

Hazard Reduction Tree Trimming: Removal of larger deadwood for safety.

Vista Tree Trimming: Selective removal of limbs without injuring the tree. Performed when there is a view that the tree branches are blocking.

Crown Raising: Removal of lower branches, most commonly in areas where there is a driveway, walkway, or parking area.

Crown Reduction: Pruning less than 1/3 of the tree’s crowns or for the purpose of shaping.

Cut Back: Cut back branches from structures such as sidewalks, lights, and buildings.

Fine Tree Trimming: Removal of smaller branches and deadwood commonly performed on smaller or immature trees.

Tree ToppingRemoval of large branches or whole tops of trees. This is a harmful and incorrect trimming practice. Topping stresses the tree and can lead to health decline, structural defects, and infection.

Learn more about proper tree pruning techniques.


Tree trimming costs range from $500-$3,500 on average for a single tree. This is a big range and your exact tree trimming cost will depend on numerous different factors including; crown spread, accessibility, the tree’s diameter at breast height (dbh), and history of maintenance. To help narrow down this range check out the video below.


Trees and power lines don’t mix.

Prevent your trees from coming in contact with power lines by planting the right tree in the right place. Before you plant think about the height of the tree once it’s mature.

Small TreesLess Than 25ft  tallDogwood, Redbud, Flowering Cherry, etc.Can be planted under power lines
Medium TreesBetween 25ft-40ft tallHoney locust, flowering pear, quaking aspen, eastern red cedarPlant 20 feet away from power lines
Large TreesOver 40ft tallMaple, Sycamore, Oak, Pine, Spruce, BirchPlant 50 feet away from power lines.

If your tree is growing too fast and you’re worried about it getting too close to power lines, check out our tree growth regulator.

Once a tree is within 10 feet of a power line tree companies must complete a line drop before trimming or removing the tree. Line drops are completed by the local power company (In our area: Dominion/Pepco) but typically coordinated by the tree company you are using for a fee.

Depending on which line is near the tree, you or your neighbor may not have access to electricity during the tree work or for some time after. However, local power companies in Northern VA & DC guarantee that power will be turned back on the same day.

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Arboriculture is among the top 5 most dangerous occupations in the U.S and that is for people that know what they are doing and have the right equipment. It gets even more dangerous when done by untrained homeowners.

In 2015, the media covered 58 stories of homeowners sustaining serious injury while performing their own tree work; 34 of these cases were fatal. In some cases it wasn’t even the homeowner that sustained the fatality but bystanders. The youngest victim recorded was a 3 – year- old who walked into the path of a tree his father was felling and was struck and killed.

For the safety of all homeowners and their families, we strongly urge you to hire a licensed, accredited, and insured tree company.

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