Trilogy Tree Service: Tree Pruning

There will come a time when our tree branches become overgrown, with dead branches looming heavily over our property. At Trilogy Tree Services, we understand the importance of pruning and trimming trees for their health and aesthetics.

Whether it’s removing dead branches to ensure safety, or carefully pruning flowering trees to enhance their blooming potential, our professional arborists are equipped with the skills and knowledge to handle all your tree care needs.

Harnessing our services will not only improve your property’s appearance but will also ensure the long-term health and vitality of your trees.

What is Tree Pruning?

Pruning is the process by which certain branches of a tree – including potentially harmful broken branches or unnecessary ones – are removed to improve the tree’s overall health and appearance.

The technique often involves cutting back to the branch collar, which can promote healthy regrowth. When applied to young trees, pruning can guide their shape and growth pattern, while in mature trees, it is crucial for removing dead or dying branches.

However, it’s essential to remember that pruning should be carefully done, removing only a few branches at a time to avoid shocking the tree and ensuring its continued growth and health.

Benefits of Pruning Trees

  1. Health Improvement: Pruning diseased branches helps prevent the spread of harmful pathogens to the rest of the tree, fostering healthy trees. This is especially important for deciduous trees, which are often susceptible to fungal diseases.

  2. Enhanced Tree Structure: Correct pruning can enhance the tree’s structure, reducing the likelihood of weak branches breaking during storms. This can contribute to the longevity and stability of the tree, especially for shade trees with substantial canopies.

  3. Safety Measures: Lower branches that hang too close to the ground or structures can pose a risk. Pruning helps eliminate branches that are in dangerous positions to ensure the safety of people and property nearby.

  4. Improved Aesthetics: Pruning can accentuate the natural beauty of every tree branch, contributing to the overall aesthetics of your landscape.

  5. Increased Sunlight Exposure: Thinning out branches allows more sunlight to filter through the trees, benefiting the growth of any underplantings.

  6. Promote New Growth: Pruning stimulates growth in areas of the tree where it is needed, which can make trees sturdier and more robust over time.

  7. Prevent Damage: Regular pruning can help prevent damage to the tree itself by removing weak branches before they have a chance to break off and harm the tree.

Early spring is often the best time to prune most trees, as it allows the tree to heal quickly and bloom fully. So make sure to consider pruning your trees in order to ensure their health and beauty for years to come.

Why Choose Professional Arborists to Prune Trees?

While it’s possible and doable for homeowners to trim trees or cut branches themselves, the complexity of proper tree pruning should never be underestimated. Particularly with fruit trees, which require delicate handling to enhance their fruit production, the expertise of professional arborists becomes invaluable.

Professionals can identify what to prune

Firstly, the process of identifying which branches to prune can be intricate. For instance, it’s essential to remove crossing branches that could potentially damage each other.

Furthermore, understanding how to make correct pruning cuts is crucial. A wrong cut can lead to the growth of a cluster of weak branches, jeopardizing the tree’s overall health.

Safety purposes

Secondly, the size and height of trees pose safety risks when homeowners attempt to cut branches themselves.

Professional arborists are trained to work at heights and have the necessary equipment to safely trim trees without causing harm to themselves or the tree.

Certain species can be damaged when pruned incorrectly

Thirdly, certain species of trees, such as oak, are susceptible to diseases like oak wilt, which can be spread by improper pruning.

Professional arborists are aware of such risks and understand the correct time and manner to prune these species to minimize disease transmission.

Professionals use proven techniques

Lastly, the process of pruning is more than just cutting branches. It’s about making strategic cuts that encourage the tree to grow in a specific way.

For example, by cutting a branch just above a lateral branch, the tree can be encouraged to grow more horizontally.

This is particularly important for fruit trees, as it makes harvesting easier and can increase yield.

Tree Pruning Techniques Used by Trilogy Tree Services

At Trilogy Tree Services, our professional arborists employ a wide array of techniques to achieve the best possible results for your trees.

Using pruning shears for small branches

Pruning shears are an essential tool in our arsenal, ideal for trimming small branches.

Their sharp blades ensure a clean cut, which is key to promoting healthy regrowth and minimizing the risk of disease.

Regularly removing too many branches

Although it sounds counterintuitive, removing too many branches often is actually beneficial for trees.

This practice helps to maintain the tree’s balance and ensures that the remaining branches are not compromised by overcrowding.

Safely handling large branches breaks

When a large branch breaks free from the tree, it can cause significant damage. We possess the expertise and equipment to handle such situations carefully, minimizing any potential harm to the tree or surrounding property.

Focusing on lateral branches

In most pruning processes, special attention is paid to the lateral branches.

By strategically trimming these branches, we guide the tree’s growth in the desired direction, often horizontally, which is particularly advantageous for fruit trees.

Regularly removing dead wood

One of our key responsibilities is to remove dead wood as part of the pruning process. Dead branches can be a breeding ground for pathogens, so their removal is crucial to protect the health of the tree.

Performing most pruning during optimal times

Timing is essential when it comes to pruning. Correct timing helps ensure the health and beauty of your trees for years to come.

Through these techniques, we strive to provide the best care, ensuring your trees remain healthy, stable, and aesthetically pleasing.

Our passion runs deeper than everyday tree care.

  • Instruct the Arboriculture course at the University of Manitoba
  • Train for a national company, Arboriculture Canada Training and Education
  • Hold current championship titles at the Prairie Chapter Tree Climbing competition and who compete at the international level
  • Volunteer annually at Arbor Day
  • Volunteer on the Board of Trees Winnipeg and Manitoba Urban Forest Council

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between trimming and pruning?

Tree trimming generally refers to the maintenance of ornamental trees, primarily focused on maintaining a tree’s shape and appearance.

On the other hand, pruning is a more selective process, removing dead, loose, or infected branches or stems to improve the tree’s overall health and productivity.

How often should I prune my trees?

The frequency of tree pruning depends on the specific type and health of the tree. However, as a general rule, most trees benefit from annual pruning during late winter or early spring.

It’s best to consult with a professional arborist to establish a pruning schedule that ensures the health and longevity of your trees.

Can pruning harm my tree?

Improper pruning can indeed harm your tree. Incorrect cuts can lead to weak branch growth and increase susceptibility to diseases.

That’s why it’s crucial to employ professional arborists who understand the science behind tree pruning and can perform the task without causing harm.

Why do you remove dead wood during pruning?

Dead wood is often removed during pruning because it can become a breeding ground for pathogens.

These pathogens can harm the health of the tree and may even spread to other trees in the vicinity. By removing dead wood, arborists are able to protect the tree and promote its healthy growth.

Can I prune my trees myself?

While it’s possible for homeowners to prune trees themselves, due to the complexity and potential risks involved, it’s highly recommended to hire professional arborists.

Professionals are trained to identify what needs to be pruned, can safely handle tall trees, and are aware of the potential diseases that can be spread through improper pruning.

The benefits of professional tree pruning far outweigh the cost.


With more than 9 years of experience, Trilogy Tree Service is well-versed in ensuring that things are done correctly.

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