Pruning & Trimming

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Keep your trees healthy, beautiful and structurally sound with regular pruning.

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Tree Pruning Options

You may not realize that pruning is an important part of tree maintenance. Although it's not something you'd usually do every year, there are times when pruning becomes necessary for the health, appearance, and safety of your trees.

Tree structure is an important factor in the life of a tree. Young trees should be pruned to encourage strong form, while older trees need pruning to maintain it.

Below are some of the signs that it's time to prune your trees.

Tree Is Getting in the Way

  • Your tree is blocking access to buildings or obstructing cars and pedestrians
  • It’s getting in the way of your view

Solution: Selective Pruning

This involves removing undesirable branches that interfere with paths, driveways, adjacent structures, and utility wires.

The goal is to maintain a strong central trunk and natural growth habit. Reducing weight on lower branches can raise the lower tree canopy just enough to provide the necessary clearance.

If possible, it’s best to do this type of pruning before a tree reaches maturity in order to avoid large wounds.

Tree Isn't Safe

  • Your tree has some very heavy branches
  • The tree looks like it's leaning
  • Your tree has had limbs break off close to your home

SOLUTION: Pruning to Prevent Damage

This type of pruning is done to remove possible hazards or tree defects that could harm you and your property.

For example, we carefully prune to reduce the weight on long, heavy branches to reduce the risk of breakage. Leaning trees can be pruned to more evenly balance the weight. And trees with broken limbs are pruned to help them recover from the injury.

The goal is to help your trees better withstand storms, high winds, snow and ice load, and other environmental factors that could cause them to split, break, fall or otherwise fail.

Tree is Too Large

  • Your tree is too tall or too wide for the space it’s in
  • It’s encroaching on utility lines or structural elements (such as your roof)
  • You don’t want to cut down the tree

Solution: Crown Reduction Pruning

Reduction pruning reduces or shortens branches and reduces the overall height size and/or spread of the tree.

This isn't "shearing" or “topping” a tree - it's precision work that cuts each branch at just the right spot to help maintain the overall form, health and structural integrity of the tree.

Tree is Unhealthy

  • You can see dead, dying, diseased, crowded, or spindly branches throughout the tree

Solution: Canopy Pruning

Canopy pruning is done as part of regular tree maintenance. It involves the removal of all branches that aren’t contributing to the overall health and appearance of the tree.

We remove dead, dying, and poorly placed branches. The end result is a healthier and happier tree that enhances the appearance of your property.

Safety advice

While you can prune shrubs, and even some smaller trees, around your property with little more than a hand pruner, lopper or pruning saw, anything you can't reach from the ground should be left to experienced tree care professionals who have the equipment to do it safely.

Please do not attempt to climb into a large tree using a ladder! It's not only dangerous (ladders are prone to slip, tip or slide) but can also damage the tree.

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Tree pruning is not only an aesthetic necessity but also necessary to promote healthy growth throughout the tree. Removing dead, diseased, or broken limbs can reduce the risk of the tree succumbing to more damage either from disease or from high falling branches. 

Don't think pruning can only be done in the growing season; winter in Connecticut is a great time to prune trees! Learn why here >>

What to Expect

Many trees can be pruned year-round, although some should only be pruned when dormant (usually, this is in the winter). 

For larger pruning or trimming jobs we may bring in heavy equipment, such as our crane, to make it easier and more efficient to reach all the branches.

Cut branches will be dropped or lowered to the ground (depending on size). Before we leave, we'll carefully clean up any cut branches or debris.

This was the second time we used Razor's Edge this summer. They were extremely efficient, neat and professional. I don't believe we could have found a better firm anywhere!

John Alesevich

Rayzor's Edge is a reliable, honest company. They have the most impressive equipment to get the job done efficiently. Friendly, professional crew. Will use them in the future for sure and recommend to anyone that needs tree service.

Karen Rey

Rayzor's Edge tree Service crew member raking branches after pruning
Rayzor's Edge Tree Service bucket truck lifting arborist into a tree
Rayzor's Edge Tree Service crew member watching another arborist climbing a tree
Rayzor's Edge Tree Service crew clearing pruned branches

Trees lopsided? Broken branches? Overcrowded? Get in touch!