Tree Pruning Services by Patriot Tree Company

Tree Pruning Services

“Make Your Trees Safer and More Resilient to Colorado’s Weather Extremes”

Pruning is one of the most important and overlooked parts of tree care. Proper tree pruning promotes tree safety and structure by removing dead and diseased limbs, reducing the length and weight of long and heavy limbs, removing crossing and interfering limbs, and promoting a strong, healthy, and natural tree structure.

We specialize in tree pruning and tree climbing methods that ensure as minimal damage as possible to the tree while still accomplishing the objectives of the prune. Having many mature trees on our property in Louisville allows us to have specific tree climbing and tree pruning training with all our employees before they are asked to climb and prune clients trees.

Too often trees are improperly trimmed by inexperienced, uneducated, and unprofessional tree trimmers. Every tree takes careful consideration concerning which limbs to remove and which limbs to leave. Our Certified Arborists combine firsthand knowledge of the needs of Front Range specific tree species with industry accepted pruning practices to produce a result that balances the desires of the client with what is best for the health, structure, and safety of the tree.

Common tree pruning objectives include:​

  • Crown Cleaning and Hazard Removal – Removal of dead or broken branches. This can also improve the health of the tree by removing diseased and insect pest infested branches.
  • End Weight Reduction – We properly reduce the length and weight of specific branches using methods that minimize the negative effects this type of pruning can commonly cause to trees.
  • Roof, Street, and Sidewalk Clearance – Pruning the tree back away from buildings or other trees, and raising or removing lower branches over driveways, sidewalks, and streets.
  • Improving Structure – Proper pruning when trees are young will promote a strong structure that can be more resistant to large branch failure when it is older.
  • Restoring Structure – Improper pruning including lions-tailing and topping limbs, as well as storm damaged limbs, need to be corrected to help improve future structure.



In some situations, clients will request a bid for pruning a tree in a way that can lead to poor health, poor structure, safety issues, and potential death of the tree. It is our job to help educate our community regarding these poor pruning practices:

  • Topping – Often used to reduce the height and size of a tree. Topping is not a viable method of height reduction and many times increases the risk that the tree poses in the long term. It can lead to extensive decay, poorly attached branches, sunburn, and destroys the natural form of the tree.
  • Lions-tailing – A form of “thinning”. Excessive amounts of interior branches are removed from along larger branches, resulting in large branches that are unbalanced, unable to develop properly, and more prone to breaks.
  • Shaping Over All – Shortening all branch ends to give the tree a “uniform” shape. Though some trees and shrubs lend themselves better to this practice, we much prefer the look of a natural tree structure in the landscape. But beauty is subjective, and some clients prefer this look.

All pruning recommendations made by our Certified Arborists are specific to each individual tree.

Please contact us to schedule a time to have your trees evaluated by an ISA Certified Arborist!