Maintenance for Maximum Tree Health

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Pruning Solutions for Any Tree

Our professional pruning team employs an array of pruning strategies to keep your trees structurally sound and looking great no matter the size. Regal Tree and Shrub Experts know structural and ornamental pruning like no one else.

Benefits of Pruning – More Than “Cleaning Up Your Trees”

Pruning trees makes them look beautiful, no debate here. But many people don’t realize that pruning provides more benefits than just keeping your trees looking pretty. Regular maintenance pruning has numerous benefits!

Why You Should Have Your Tree Pruned

Pruning keeps trees safe by removing deadwood and damaged branches that could fall and damage property or hurt people.

Pruning keeps trees healthy by ensuring branches and limbs grow without competing for space or rubbing on each other, which can create wounds that leave your trees vulnerable to infections.

Pruning increases sun exposure and air circulation which promotes healthy leaves and branches.

Pruning and Trimming – Aren’t They the Same Thing?

The terms “pruning” and “trimming” are often used interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two. When people call us and asking us about “trimming” their trees, they most often really mean “pruning.”

Does it get confusing? Not for us! Regal Tree and Shrub Experts have been in the tree service game for a long time, and we know what your trees need whether it’s pruning, trimming, or both!

So, What is Tree Pruning?

Pruning keep trees healthy, safe, and beautiful. Pruning involves strategically removing branches to maintain healthy growth. Pruning also removes hazardous or diseased branches and limbs while retaining limbs for both aesthetics and healthy growth.

And What is Tree Trimming?

When trimming a tree, the primary consideration is its size and shape, not just its overall health. Trimming is done to control and alter a tree's size and prevent the tree from interfering with things like power lines or structures.

Confused? Think of it this way:

You prune a flowering ornamental shrub by making strategic cuts to branches, removing old and dead growth to promote healthy growth and maximize seasonal blooms.

You might trim the same shrub to shape it, level it, or to just keep it from encroaching into your neighbor’s yard. Make sense?

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Canopy Raising

Low-growing tree canopies can obstruct views, block footpaths, and create hazards. Canopy raising addresses these issues by removing lower branches. This raises the overall canopy and fixes the associated visibility and safety issues.

Canopy Thinning

You want a thick, lush canopy, but sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Thick canopies can restrict airflow, allow branches to rub against each other to create wounds, and can even increase a tree’s chances of falling over in heavy winds or snowstorms. Canopy thinning increases your tree's health and enhances safety.

Canopy Reduction

The goal is to reduce the overall size and height of the tree while maintaining its natural shape. This pruning strategy is used when a tree has become too large for its current location or is interfering with structures, utility lines, or other plants. Canopy reduction is done by making strategic cuts to specific branches, not through indiscriminate trimming.

Canopy Cleaning

Canopy cleaning is a pruning strategy done through the selective removal of dead, dying, diseased, damaged, or otherwise undesirable branches from a tree's canopy. It improves health by increasing light exposure and air circulation while reducing the failure risk of compromised branches and limbs. Canopy cleaning is a proactive approach that contributes to a tree’s longevity and beauty.

Structural Pruning

Depending on the tree's needs, our expert crews can employ a variety of pruning strategies to achieve optimal structure for your trees and shrubs.

Ornamental Pruning

Ornamental tree and shrub pruning focuses on enhancing the aesthetic appeal and overall beauty of trees. Unlike pruning techniques aimed primarily at tree health or risk reduction, ornamental tree pruning emphasizes the visual qualities of trees, aiming to improve beauty and enhance the tree’s natural aesthetics.

Ornamental pruning prioritizes specific objectives, including:

Bringing out the beauty by promoting a specific shape or form that compliments the overall landscape.

View enhancement by accentuating landscape elements and creating focal points to enhance the overall aesthetic of your property.

Increased flower and fruit display though strategic removal of competing branches and foliage to maximize seasonal blooms and fruit production.

Health and longevity is prioritized along with enhancing aesthetics by removing dead or diseased branches to maintain the tree and shrub vitality.

Ornamental pruning requires an eye for design, as well as a deep knowledge of tree growth patterns and their response to pruning cuts.

The certified arborists at Regal Tree and Shrub Experts have expertise in tree biology and design principles, so you can be sure we have the skills to keep your ornamentals looking their best while helping them thrive. We practice precision cutting using razor-sharp tools and would never ever use a chainsaw for ornamental pruning!

Why Choose Regal Tree and Shrub Experts?

Expert pruning and trimming to keep your trees healthy and beautiful.

Certified arborist on staff so you know your trees are in expert hands.

Certified tree service professionals who are highly trained and skilled in all aspects of tree care.

Full licensing and insurance for tree work to give you peace of mind.

We provide the best solution, not the most expensive solution.

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Excellent job in Raynham! They were responsive, on time, professional, left yard immaculate.

Jennifer C.

Proudly Serving Bristol, Norfolk, Middlesex, and Plymouth, Counties, Massachusetts, and Providence County, Rhode Island

Did You Know?

According to legend, tree pruning was invented by a donkey! As recorded in a 3rd-century Spanish myth, grape farmers noticed a donkey chewing on grape vines which produced more grapes as a result. The farmers then took up the practice. (We assume with shears, not their teeth!)

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Pruning trees not only makes trees look beautiful, but it keeps your property safe by removing weak or dead limbs that could fall on your house or vehicle. Pruning also keeps trees healthy by removing broken and dead branches that may be prone to infection and pest infestations.

Your tree will often tell you it's time for pruning if you know what to look for.

It may have an unattractive shape, or branches may be hitting your roof. Low branches could be blocking your view or obstructing traffic and pedestrians.

Maybe you're seeing deadwood throughout the tree. Or maybe branches are broken and ready to fall.

As a rule of thumb, anytime you think there may be a safety hazard, call an arborist for a tree inspection. Safety is the best reason to prune a tree!

Hazard pruning is done to make your trees safer by removing problem branches and limbs that could fail in severe weather.  We're hazard pruning specialists!

No! Tree topping, also known as hat-racking, heading, and rounding over, is a horrible tree-trimming practice that leaves trees ugly, weakens the structure, and can result in health issues.

Regal Tree and Shrub Experts do not top trees and recommend you avoid the practice at all costs!

Yes. Call us today at 774-719-2450 to schedule an estimate for tree pruning.

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