Tree Pruning Service Louisville

Removing Dead & Diseased Trees

Pruning (often called “trimming”) helps develop good structure in growing trees and shrubs. Pruning also allows for maintaining space between buildings, streets, other plants, utility lines etc. and removes hazardous dead or broken limbs. When pruning trees we remove crossing, co-dominant, dead, diseased, and dying limbs that can aid in the spread of diseases and become safety hazards. Pruning can be a source of stress on mature trees and shrubs when improperly done. Our Arborists make all of our cuts according to the ANSI A300 standard. Also with our belief that every leaf has its purpose, you can be assured that our pruning is done to provide necessary clearances while maintaining and improving the natural structure of your trees and shrubs. See below for our pruning options and best practices.


Proper maintenance pruning is generally called “crown cleaning”, and entails the selective removal of crossing, co-dominant, dead, diseased and dying limbs.  The purpose of this pruning is to establish proper branching structure to develop a stronger, healthier tree canopy. Our Arborists are trained to follow proper pruning methods defined in the ANSI A300 standard.  Our belief is that every leaf has its purpose, and pruning should be done for specific, explainable reasons.


This pruning is functional in purpose, used to keep a tree from encroaching too closely on a structure. The distance specified on the proposal refers to a target buffer space between a structure and the nearest smaller limbs of a tree. Smaller limbs within this buffer space would be removed. There may be a main trunk or a main scaffold limb within this buffer zone, but that would not be removed without prior discussion with the tree owner. Canopy overhanging the roof of a structure is expected but will also be pruned to be kept the specified distance away from the structure. In general, smaller ornamental trees are cleared 1-2 feet from a structure, medium shade trees 2-4 feet, and larger shade trees anywhere from 6-10 feet from a structure.

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