Types of Tree Pruning

tree pruning types

Tree pruning in Hawaii is a professional service that beautifies and reinforces your trees so they will fight off insects, diseases and severe weather – and look breathtaking while doing it!

Pruning must be completed if you want healthy trees, but it needs to be done correctly by someone who knows what they’re doing. Like a certified arborist from HI Tree Trimming. You may be able to prune and trim trees safely while they are small and developing, but you also may be doing permanent damage to the tree in the process.

To correctly prune trees, you should know all of the following:

  • When to prune your types of trees
  • How much of the tree should be pruned at a time
  • Where to cut the branches so you do not damage the tree

Taking too much off of a tree might kill it or result in structural damage, but minimal trimming done each year benefits trees in many ways. Professional pruning improves the appearance of trees, makes them stronger, eliminates dead or diseased limbs and expedites fruit or flower production.

For the best results, pruning must be done each year, but as trees get older, you might be able to go two years between pruning services. Regardless of how routinely you have your trees trimmed, ensure your arborist is qualified to perform the type of tree pruning your trees need. This won’t be an issue if you call HI Tree Trimming in Hawaii!

Types of Tree Pruning Methods

There are 7 different ways to correctly prune a tree so that it grows stronger and healthier every year.

Depending on the shape, type and health problems of your trees, one method may be more beneficial than another, but each technique has different benefits.

Crown Thinning Your Trees

Crown thinning is typical for larger, overgrown trees in Hawaii. This technique eliminates weak branches within the crown of the tree to improve sunlight and air flow throughout the crown. Air flow is important for disease prevention.

This tree pruning technique also eliminates branches and limbs that are touching so they no longer rub against one another and break or cause weaker areas that can be an entry point for pests. Branches that grow at odd angles are almost always cut off during crown thinning.

Crown Raising Your Trees

This pruning method only removes branches at the lowest part of the crown so new limbs start higher up on the trunk of the tree. Letting low branches get too big makes them very difficult to remove, and they can draw nutrients from the top of the tree, resulting in less fruit and a weaker tree.

There are a variety of reasons you might decide to raise the crown of a tree. Often, it is done in order to clear the line of sight for cars and pedestrians, but it can also be done to increase space for landscaping under the tree.

It is a very common technique for overgrown trees that are close to homes and buildings.

Crown Reduction

Crown reduction reduces the overall size of the crown from its outer edges. It shortens limbs vertically and horizontally to keep the tree at a certain size. By lowering the size of the crown, you can eliminate the need to cut down the tree because it will no longer interfere with traffic lights, power lines or street lights.

Even if the tree isn’t near structures like these, crown reduction will help the tree look neater because it eliminates irregular growth. This is a great solution for trees that are different ages but are supposed to look uniform.

Crown Cleaning

Also referred to as deadwood pruning, crown cleaning is a minimally invasive tree trimming technique that eliminates dying, snapped or diseased branches so that the remaining parts of the tree can grow normally. These branches can only cause issues later.

Crown cleaning makes the tree look a lot better, and it prevents limbs from rubbing together. And it is a safety practice that lowers the risk of branches falling, because healthy branches do not fall very often.

Crown Restoration

Crown restoration is a focused trimming process for trees that were severely damaged (either by weather or vandals). It should only be performed by a professional who knows where the tree is likely to grow in the future and how long it’s restoration will take.

Unlike other tree pruning services, crown restoration happens throughout a longer time period with conservative pruning that reshapes the tree. The arborist must have a plan to restore the tree, but also must be flexible as the tree grows and reshapes on its own, adapting to the tree’s new growth pattern.

Vista Pruning

If you are looking for trees that increase the overall beauty of your landscaping, you are actually interested in vista pruning. The purpose of vista pruning is to make the tree more visually pleasing from a particular viewing point.

It encompasses several pruning techniques including crown thinning, crown cleaning and crown reduction – anything that makes the trees look more attractive. Remember, though, that a professional is not going to sacrifice the health of a tree, so the primary focus of vista pruning is still to maintain strong, healthy trees.

Espalier Pruning

Espaliered trees are pruned heavily to grow flat up against walls or a trellis. It is a unique style of tree pruning that is sure to attract a lot of attention to your yard. Espalier pruning has to begin when the tree is very young and then continued very routinely during the tree’s life span.

Benefits of espalier pruning include allowing maximum sunlight to reach the trees, as well as making it exceptionally easier to produce fruit.

Professional Tree Pruning in Hawaii

Tree trimming can be dangerous for a tree, your landscaping, and, of course, for you! HI Tree Trimming highly encourages professional tree trimming over attempting DIY.

Aside from the dangers of tree trimming, you can do a lot of damage to a tree if you don’t know how to prune it correctly. Over-pruning is one of the most typical errors made by homeowners caring for their own trees.

Trees in Hawaii that get routine care from a professionals are much better off, and hiring an experienced arborist from HI Tree Trimming to trim the trees on your property is a choice you won’t regret. Locate your town in our service area. We work with arborists throughout the entire state of Hawaii!