tree pruning terms comox valley

There are a number of different techniques our trained arborists can use depending on your concerns or the desired outcome for your tree.

Crown Lifting:

Removing the lower branches of the trees canopy. This is often done to allow more light, make room for buildings/ cars. While making trees liveable so you can retain them for years to come.

Crown Thinning:

Selectively removing interior branches and thinning branch tips. This method is particularly useful if the tree has been badly pruned in the past.

Crown Reduction:

When a tree had outgrown its location sympathetic pruning of the overall crown of the tree can help with aesthetic balance of the tree.

Structural Prune:

Formative pruning is a great investment in your tree for the future. Common techniques involved removing structural faults in young trees such as crossing branches and tight faults (which may lead to major limb shedding as the tree matures).

Crown Clean:

Crown cleaning involves removing dead, dying or diseased branches

Tree Topping:

Involves completely removing the top portion of a tree. In the past this has often been an approach to improve views but highly unrecommended practise these days. It is now understood that topping is highly-detrimental to the structure of the tree leading to decay and poorly attached new growth.

Tree Pollard:

This is a drastic means of tree pruning that involves the removal of all green growth and foliage, giving trees a “hat rack” appearance.


Removing all dead, dying or diseased branches, twigs, limbs, and growth on a tree. This can be particularly helpful to avoid storm damage from falling branches.

Stump Grinding:

If a stump is in the way of new structural landscaping or building plans stump removal is the answer. Stump grinding involves the mechanical removal of tree stumps from just below ground level.

Looking to carry out work on your trees? Call the experts! Tree Craft based in Cumberland in the Comox Valley will be happy to provide you with a free quote!