Did you know that ownership of a tree is determined by the location of its trunk?  As a home and tree owner, knowing what to watch for and being proactive about tree maintenance will do wonders for the health of your tree.  Keep reading for three sure signs that your tree needs trimming and some pointers for trimming trees.

1. Your Tree Looks Overgrown

Don’t wait until your tree has grown so out of control that you feel overwhelmed. Trimming trees regularly when you notice something small is healthier for your tree than waiting to do a lot at one time.


It is absolutely okay to trim your tree based on how you want it to look. If a branch is looking out of place or has grown farther out than branches around it, don’t be afraid to trim it back!

This practice will help maintain unhealthy growth and potential safety issues.


Pay attention to the density of your tree. If you can’t see through the branches you may think that means your tree is robust and healthy. But your tree actually needs space and sunlight, so if you can’t see through the branches it is too dense.

Crossed Branches

Crossed branches are a sign of unhealthy growth and can lead to tree damage. When they rub against each other they can rub off the bark and leave the tree vulnerable to decay or disease.

Tree Trimming Pointers for Growth Concerns

Thinning your tree should result in removing no more than 10-20% of the tree’s canopy (upper portion of the tree consisting of branches, stems, and leaves).  More than this can shock the tree and have poor results.

2. There are Signs of Disease or Pests

The health of a tree affects the choices you need to make when trimming trees.

Check your trees regularly for diseased and dying limbs. Dead limbs may indicate that you have a pest problem. It is a process sometimes to figure out what exactly is affecting the health of your tree.

How to Trim Trees With Health Issues

The important factor with health issues and your trees is time. The sooner you notice a health issue and address it the better.

Immediately remove any diseased or dying branches to hopefully prevent the problem from spreading. Don’t wait! These problems spread quickly.

3. You See Anything You Think is a Safety Concern

Obvious safety concerns such as trees overhanging homes or electrical lines can be easily watched for and prevented with proactive maintenance.

Also be sure to watch for other safety issues with your trees such as:

  • broken limbs,
  • dead limbs, or
  • branches that are splintered or bowing.

Safety concerns need to be addressed quickly to prevent tree branches from falling on persons or property.

Regular Tree Trimming is Good For Your Trees

These Tree trimming Pointers will help you maintain the health of your trees and the safety of your property.

If you are unsure what to look for or need help getting your trees to a manageable place, Grace Tree Service is happy to help!

Contact us today for your free estimate!