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Don and his team were fantastic. We had two massive trees removed in Feb. 2022, one cedar and one fir. The crew was polite, professional, and very careful given the proximity of the trees to the house. The team cleaned up the site afterwards. A pleasure to work with and we would highly recommend.

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Have you ever cut your own hair? Were you satisfied? Did the front and the back grow back in perfect harmony? If so, you are either skilled or very lucky.


The same goes for tree thinning and pruning. While you may not like a certain branch or hope to achieve a specific aesthetic, unless you are trained in the art of pruning and the science of tree biology, you risk creating not only a visual nightmare but also a critical mistake that could compromise your tree’s health.


Western Tree Services’ team of professionals and certified tree experts are trained to recognize and correct plant flaws and defects in an aesthetically pleasing and safe manner that will not hinder the tree’s growth or cause irreparable damage. Our master trimming and pruning will safeguard and enhance the health of your trees so that you may enjoy their beauty and achieve your landscape goals.


The best time for us to thin and prune your trees is between late fall and early spring. However, dormant pruning, or pruning during winter, best prepares them for the next growing season and best helps with disease control, which saves you time and money.



For many, the act of pruning is just another garden chore. However, in horticulture, pruning is a delicate art interwoven with science. It's an essential step to ensure that trees and plants grow and flourish. Urban environments often stray far from the natural habitats of trees. Without human intervention, these majestic life forms might struggle to thrive. Pruning becomes essential for clearance, ensuring durability, and preserving aesthetic beauty.

For many plants, be it the vibrant spring-flowering spirea or the summer-blooming roses, pruning accentuates their inherent beauty. It's not just about looks; pruning wards off diseases and assists in pest management. By removing decaying or dying branches, you also enhance the overall appeal of your garden.


However, a word of caution: Incorrect pruning can lead to lasting harm. It's a task that necessitates knowledge and precision. So, let’s dive deeper into the significance and techniques of pruning.

There are many benefits of pruning:

  • Boosting plant health: By removing dead or diseased branches, pruning protects plants from potential threats and enhances their vitality.

  • Pest management: A well-pruned garden reduces the chances of pests nesting and thriving, ensuring a healthier plant environment.

  • Growth enhancement: Studies, like those from the UK’s University of York and Canada’s University of Calgary, have highlighted how pruning stimulates growth. By trimming dominant shoots, other parts are invigorated.

  • Beauty enhancement: By encouraging the growth of young stems and ensuring proper energy distribution, pruning makes way for vibrant, large flowers.

  • Landscape preservation: Regular pruning helps shape the green landscape, guiding plants and trees to grow in desired patterns and sizes.

  • Safety: Consistent pruning ensures that dead branches don’t pose a threat, especially during storms, keeping your family and property safe.


Here are some of the best pruning techniques:

  • Assessment: Before making any cuts, inspect the plant. Identify which branches need pruning and the best tools for the task.

  • Precision cutting: For optimal results, cuts should be made just beyond the branch collar. Ensure they're clean and don’t leave open wounds.

  • Wound care: Though many trees heal naturally, in some situations, like when dealing with oak wilt disease, wound dressings can be beneficial.

The journey of pruning is a continuous learning process. While keen gardeners might be tempted to try their hand at it, without proper knowledge, it's easy to do more harm than good. Therefore, it's often best to trust professionals to ensure your garden gets the benefits of proper pruning.



Our experienced climbers may selectively remove branches to create or retain the view from your home, all while maintaining the health and beauty of your tree.


Call or contact us to discuss your trees’ needs and to book an appointment for a professional trim.


Our certified experts can thin and prune your trees in a healthy and appealing way.

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Not quite sure what you need for your budget or think your job is too big? Do you have questions about what we provide with our residential tree services? We offer a no-obligation, free estimate to help you with your residential tree services needs. Connect with us today!

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