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Pruning & Trimming

For the Health & Beauty of your trees

We don't just cut branches,
we make your trees better

Your trees are a valuable asset and need regular maintenance to look their best. Don't compromise. Insist on having them pruned by an expert who knows how to optimize tree health, minimize safety risks, improve aesthetics and meet your personal needs for your property. 

Signs That Your Trees Need To Be Pruned

Pruning done to professional industry standards will enhance the structure, safety, health, and appearance of your trees while also reducing the chance of storm damage 

Have you taken a close look at your trees lately? If so, you may have noticed some of the following signs that it's time for professional tree pruning!

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If you can see dead, dying, diseased, or spindly branches throughout the tree, it often indicates that the tree isn't in optimal health. Pruning out these dead or weak branches can help identify the underlying cause of the problem and help the tree recover more quickly.

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There are several signs that your tree needs pruning for safety reasons, such as long, heavy branches; structural defects; broken, cracked or hanging branches; and competition between branches. These all put your tree at increased risk of damage during storms but can be addressed through proper pruning.

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When your tree is blocking access to buildings, obstructing cars and pedestrians, or getting in the way of your view, there are only two real options: cutting down the tree or using a pruning technique called crown raising.

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Sometimes a tree grows too tall or too wide for the space it’s in, or begins to encroach on utility lines or structural elements (such as your roof). If you don’t want to cut down the tree, special pruning techniques can be used to minimize the tree's size. Note that this is vastly different from tree topping (which should not be done!).

Did you know that trees can be pruned in winter? In fact, winter is the best time for some trees to be pruned.

"Guys did a very professional job of trimming back a backyard tree to allow more light into my yard. On time, focused, and cleaned up well. While a small job for them, they provided full attention."


Morristown, NJ
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The Alpine Tree Approach to tree pruning

Every pruning job has a unique objective. We meet with you to ensure that we understand your personal goals for the work so we can perform the right kind of pruning to achieve your desired results while still maintaining (or even enhancing) the tree's health.

Did You Know?

Common Pruning Outcomes

All pruning work is done with your goals in mind. Often, tree pruning is done to:

  • increase the amount of sunlight that shines through the branches
  • improve the tree's overall shape and appearance
  • enhance a view or specific line of sight
  • increase clearance from signs, structures, powerlines and utilities to minimize safety concerns
  • remove dead branches that could break and fall
  • make structural improvements or corrections to improve the health, form, and safety of the tree
  • restore severely pruned or damaged trees to a more natural and appealing shape


Fully insured specifically for tree work

ISA Certified Arborists on staff to ensure safety and quality

Accredited by the Tree Care Industry Association

Locally owned and operated since 2010

Available 24/7 for emergency tree removals

Free estimates on all tree work

All work is done with strict adherence to professional tree care standards (ANSI A300 Pruning Standards)

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Types of Tree Pruning

How a tree is pruned depends on several factors, including the tree’s health, the tree species, size, and location, as well as what you’re trying to accomplish.


Typically, pruning involves one of our arborists ascending the tree to get a good look at the branches to be removed. Using the appropriate tool(s), the arborist will make precise pruning cuts in the right places to achieve the desired outcome without harming the tree.

Crown Cleaning

Crown cleaning involves the removal of all branches that aren’t contributing to the overall health and appearance of the tree. We can also remove items that shouldn’t be in the tree canopy. The end result is a healthier and better-shaped tree.

Crown Raising

By removing selected lower branches from a tree, crown raising can provide additional clearance to open up vistas and restore access. If possible, it’s best to do this type of pruning before a tree reaches maturity in order to avoid large wounds.

Crown Thinning

When thinning a tree, branches are selectively pruned out to reduce the density of live branches in the tree canopy. This increases light penetration and air movement throughout the tree, stimulates interior growth and reduces wind resistance (which decreases the risk of storm damage). Done properly, thinning maintains the tree’s natural shape.

Crown Reduction

Reduction pruning reduces the overall size and/or spread of the tree. This isn't "shearing" or “topping” a tree - it's precision work that cuts each branch at just the right spot to help maintain the overall form, health and structural integrity of the tree.

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Did You Know?

Free Wood Chips

We offer unlimited FREE wood chips to our customers! We'll even deliver them for free within our normal service area. Deliveries take place when we're doing other work in your area - we're not able to schedule delivery for a specific date or time.

"The crew did a great job. Overall I was very impressed with how organized Alpine Tree Service is. Made an appointment for the estimate and Bill was right on time. He gave me a date for the job and was actually a few days early. That kind of reliability is hard to come by in a tree service these days."

Gregg Auteri

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