5 Types of Tree Pruning and Which is Best for Your Tree

Regular tree pruning has many benefits including protection against diseases, eliminating dangerous branches and encouraging new growth. Pruning helps to maintain a trees structure and branches can be encouraged to grow into a certain shape.

Depending on the type and age of tree, they’ll need trimming at different times. Young trees only need trimming every 2-3 years while mature trees every 3-5 years. Exceptions to these rules are if your tree is growing dangerously close to a building or if it’s too large for the space it’s in. Here are the five types of tree pruning to consider.

Crown Reduction

Crown reduction is used to reduce the overall height of a tree. Your arborist will remove the smaller branches attached to the larger branches, reducing the risk of your tree becoming top heavy. This method is especially helpful for young trees, allowing the tree to grow strong without the added weight up top.

Crown Thinning

Crown thinning is a pruning method that removes weaker, smaller branches, from the highest point of your trees. The benefit here is letting more light and air through onto the leaves and branches below. Crown thinning also lightens the load of heavier branches, reducing the risk of them breaking off in bad weather.

Crown Lifting

Crown lifting targets lower hanging limbs that may be pulling on higher ones. This method is usually used on younger trees that overhang roads, pavements or your home. Crown lifting also helps to keep your trees well-manicured and matched to the rest of your landscaping.

Dead Wood Pruning

Dead pruning, also known as “deadwooding” removes all the dead, diseased or dying branches from your trees. This method is essential for the health of your trees, preventing disease from spreading and potentially killing off your trees. Dead pruning is also essential in boosting your homes curb appeal and it eliminates the risk of dead branches falling and causing injury.


Pollarding, also know as “tree lopping” or “tree topping”  is a method of pruning to restrict the overall size of a tree. It’s usually started when trees are young and at regular intervals throughout their life. Pollarding cuts back most of the branches to just leave the main stem or trunk. The method is often used with tall trees on pathways, that may grow to obstruct electrical wires or phone lines.

Contact Us for Professional Tree Services Brisbane North

Not sure which type of tree pruning is for you? Contact North Brisbane Trees for expert tree advice and services. Not only can we prune your trees, but we can maintain, remove and grind down the stumps. Call for a free quote on 07 3289 3610.