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Tree pruning, or the act of selectively removing certain branches from a tree, has several major benefits, from helping prevent disease spreading to avoiding damage from storms — and many others. Did you know, though, that there are actually a few different types of tree pruning that might be advantageous for trees on your property? 

It’s true, and at Acorn Tree Service, we’re here to help with all your tree pruning and tree trimming needs, plus many other areas of tree care. What are some of the different forms of tree pruning that you might consider for your trees, and why are each of them potentially beneficial? Here are some basics.

Dead Pruning

One of the most common types of tree pruning out there is dead pruning, which refers to the removal of dead branches from a tree. Dead branches can be a major hazard, as they’re more prone to falling off and damaging property or injuring people. Removing these branches also helps keep your trees looking neat and tidy.

In some cases, dead pruning will also be done for branches that are not quite dead yet, but are in the process of dying. This helps prevent those branches from becoming a hazard and also keeps the tree looking healthier overall.

Crown Pruning

Crown pruning is the removal of branches from the top of a tree. This type of pruning is often done to open up the canopy of a tree and allow more light to reach the lower branches. It can also be helpful in preventing trees from becoming too tall and top-heavy, which could lead to them falling over in a storm.

Crown pruning is typically done during the winter months when the tree is dormant, as this is the time of year when new growth is least likely to occur. It’s typically done on some of the weaker, smaller limbs that might not be able to support the weight of the rest of the tree.


Thinning is another type of pruning that is often done to improve the health and appearance of a tree. This involves removing smaller branches from the tree, but leaving the larger, stronger branches in place. This helps create more space for air and light to circulate around the tree, which helps keep it healthy.

Thinning is typically done during the summer months when the tree is actively growing. It’s a good way to remove branches that are competing for light and nutrients, and it can also help prevent trees from becoming too dense.

For more on this, or to learn about any of our tree pruning, trimming or other tree care services, speak to the team at Acorn Tree Service today.