Tree Care & Preservation for New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick & Onslow Counties




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Pruning done to professional industry standards will enhance the structure, safety, health and aesthetics of your trees while also reducing the chance of damage from storms.

Tree Pruning Options

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.


Your tree is blocking access to buildings or obstructing cars and pedestrians

It’s getting in the way of your view


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.

pruning - crown raising


There isn’t enough sunlight or air flow through the center of the tree

Your tree has some very heavy branches

There are structural defects or competition between branches

Your tree is at risk of damage during storms


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 thinning


Your tree is too tall or too wide for the space it’s in

It’s encroaching on utility lines or structural elements (such as your roof)

You don’t want to cut down the tree


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.

Connolly Tree Preservation arborist pruning a tree


You can see dead, dying, diseased, crowded, or spindly branches throughout 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.

We do not top trees!

All of our tree pruning work is done according to the ANSI A300 standards used by professional arborists. That's why we don't top trees - not only is it detrimental to the health of the tree, it also creates a dangerous tree that looks bad and will likely never recover its natural shape. To learn more about why we don't top trees, please read this article >>


Connolly Tree Preservation did an amazing job! The trees were pruned thoroughly and with care, and are still aesthetically pleasing (form meets function... NO butchering). If you have an irreplaceable tree, or trees, don't mess around; hire Connolly Tree Preservation.