Do you ever go outside after it is windy? Have you noticed branches on the ground? Trees and other plants naturally trim and prune themselves to get rid of damaged or infected limbs. Trimming your trees or landscape plants is a way to help the plant in its natural process. As a plus, you can reduce the debris raining down.

Trimming your tree or landscape plant at the right time of year is critical to plant safety and promoting healthy growth. We take a methodical and technical approach to trim the appropriate branches to promote health.


When a tree or shrub is pruned, it simply looks better. Old branches can be removed. Oversized trees and shrubs can be reduced to give them a more attractive shape. Pruning also enhances flowering.

Plant Health

Trimming can not only improve the look of your landscape, but it can extend the life of your plants. One target of trimming is infested parts of the plant. The spread of disease and insects to the remainder of the plant can be reduced by removing the diseased or insect infested areas of the tree or landscape plant.  By extending the life of the plants, expensive removal can be delayed or even prevented.


Decaying or dead sections of trees or shrubs can break off unexpectedly. Falling debris can hit structures, people, and assets. Falling debris can be increased during the winter with heavy snowfall. Trimming removes decaying or dead sections of plants, which reduces the chances of an unexpected disaster.

Safety is Critically important

Trimming can be dangerous. We continuously train our team members on proper techniques to reduce risks and increase safety of everyone. We provide our team with the proper safety gear and equipment to get the job done. We are fully insured for the trimming services we provide.

What types of trimming

does biotree do?


Trimming shrubs improves their visual look, flowering, and health. It can also be a safeguard against the heavy snow and ice that occurs during the winter. The timing of shrub trimming depends on many factors, but a key indicator is when flowering occurs. Because of the way they grow, some shrubs, such as evergreens do not respond to all types of trimming. We can help you determine the proper time for and type of trimming for your shrubs.

Herbaceous Perennials

Trimming back herbaceous perennials promotes healthy growth and improves the visual appearance of your landscape by removing decaying tissues. Hostas, daylilys and other herbaceous perennials are best trimmed in the late fall after a couple of hard frosts. While this is the best time, trimming can occur throughout the winter up to just after snow melt.


Trees are a valuable asset on your property. Time of year, health of tree, surrounding property assets and your goals are all critical considerations when trimming a tree. Currently bioTree only trims small trees that can be trimmed from the ground such as apple and crabapple trees. We are happy to consult with you on your project to determine the best trimming plan. If the job is too big for us, we can refer you to one of our vetted, trusted partners to tackle the job.

Winter Pruning

Winter can be a good time to trim trees and other plants. At this time of year, insects and diseases are dormant due to cold temperatures. Another reason why it is ideal to prune in the winter is because the arborist is able to see what needs to be trimmed without leaves. While winter is a good time to trim, tree or plant species still determines the best time of year to trim. Some species should be pruned after they bloom in the spring. Honey locusts, flowering crabapples, hawthorns, mountain ash, and apple trees are examples of trees that should be pruned in late winter. Any other time of year can result in die-back. This is why you want to call in the expert to provide recommended pruning practices.

Improper Pruning Can Be Harmful

Improper trimming techniques can damage a tree or landscape plants. They can even potentially kill the plant. We do not recommend topping trees, removing large upright branches to reduce the height, or tipping trees, removing lateral branches to reduce the width of the tree, because these can cause unrecoverable injury to trees, even kill them. Improper timing of trimming can also have negative effects. Conifers can be pruned at most anytime of the year, while Oak trees and other deciduous trees should be pruned in the late fall or winter to discourage insect and disease harm. Proper tool maintenance is also critical. Tools should be sharp to avoid damaging surrounding tissue and sanitized to avoid spreading fungi. We train our team on the proper trimming techniques to help plants grow.

Types of Pruning

There are different types of pruning that we use to ensure the plant is taken care of properly. The types include:

  • Pinching – Removing a green shoot before it becomes woody and firm.
  • Heading – Cutting back the terminal portion of a wood branch to a branch or a healthy bud so that shoot growth can be stimulated.
  • Thinning – A branch may be cut off at its point of origin to encourage new growth, but thinning that is done too much can make a plant look straggly.
  • Rejuvenation – This is pruning that removes the old branches near the ground first so that only younger branches are left.
  • Shearing – This method is mainly used on foundation plants or formal hedges. This helps them keep shape and produce dense growth on the outside of the plant.


When it comes to promoting plant growth whether through fertilizers or biostimulants or management practices you need a service that knows exactly what to do.

Contact bioTree to learn about our services and discuss your situation.


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