10 Signs That It’s Time To Have Your Tree Pruned

10 Signs That It’s Time To Have Your Tree Pruned

When people think of tree trimming, they tend to think of it as a tree care service that is purely used for aesthetics. While yes, pruning your trees is sure to have you Northern Colorado yard looking sharp. There are many more benefits to having a tree service provider like us, here at Schra Tree Care, come to prune your trees.

In today’s blog post, we are going to be discussing 10 signs that it is time to call your local tree services provider to schedule a tree pruning appointment. But first things first, what are the other benefits of having your trees pruned?

The Benefits Of Tree Pruning

When it comes to tree services, tree pruning is one of the most beneficial services that we offer. Sure, deep root fertilization can be a great way to help your tree grow, but by regularly pruning it, you can ensure that it looks good and grows well. Below, we have listed the five major benefits that you can expect from having your trees pruned.

  • Appearance – Before we get into it, we thought that we would state the most obvious benefit. Tree pruning is a great way to make a tree look better by removing branches that are low hanging and make the tree appear to be unsightly.
  • Health – The most important benefit that you will see after having your trees pruned is the increase in their overall health. Pruning allows us to remove dead, dying, or diseased branches that are damaging the tree or contributing to their decay. Tree pruning also promotes healthy new growth.
  • Sunlight – While having a backyard full of trees sounds incredible, it might be a little annoying when you are trying to catch some rays of sunshine. By contacting your local tree service provider, we can strategically remove branches to thin the trees enough that light can pass through without affecting the health of the tree.
  • Reduce Risks – Tree branches that are low hanging, bending under their own weight, or dead, are all fall hazards. By removing the branches, we can ensure that if someone were to walk under the branches that they would not be at risk of injury from a breaking branch.
  • Shape – While shape might seem similar to appearance, it is actually quite different. Pruning can be effectively used on your younger trees to influence how they grow — giving you the desired size and shape as a result.

10 Signs That It’s Time To Prune Your Trees

Broken Branches

If you are looking at a tree and notice broken branches, we urge you to contact your local tree care specialists. Broken branches are almost always a sign of trauma, meaning that some branches might be damaged to the point that they need to be removed. Here in Northern Colorado, we see a lot of broken branches from wet, heavy snowfall in the spring months.

Deep Cracks

If you are looking at your tree and notice multiple deep cracks in the bark, there is a good chance that your tree is injured or dying. If there is rot present in the tree, it is important to find it and remove it before the rest of the tree gets sicks and begins to rot too.

Crossing Branches

Believe it or not, trees don’t always grow as they were biologically intended to. While tree branches are supposed to grow outwards, they sometimes can grow inwards or at an angle, crossing each other and causing damage. If you have a tree with crossed branches the best solution is usually to remove one of them.

Branch Density

In Northern Colorado, you may have noticed that some of our trees are incredibly dense in their canopy. While you would usually think of this as a sign of robust health, it can actually negatively affect the health of the tree. When tree canopies become too thick, the outer layer deprives the inner layer of light — resulting in the inside branches dying and beginning to rot.


Deadwood is a surefire sign that you need to contact your local tree services provider. Deadwood is usually a sign that the branch or trunk area of the tree is dead, and rotting deep into the tree. If the deadwood is left on too long, it can lead to the spread of rot. Should it penetrate deep into the tree and be knocked off in a storm, it can lead to the heart of the tree being exposed. By allowing your local tree services provider to prune your trees, they can remove the deadwood in such a way that your tree will safely recover.

Wandering Branches

Just like crossing branches, sometimes wandering branches simply don’t grow as they were intended to. Wandering branches are branches that deviate from their normal growth patterns. Sometimes they grow downward, affecting the walking path under the tree, and sometimes they grow towards homes, sheds, and other structures that they could be a risk of damaging. A quick pruning service is a surefire way to remedy wandering branches.

Dead Leader Branch

A leader branch is a branch that stems from the base of the tree and sets the structure for other branches to break off of it. If a leader branch dies, there is a substantial amount of weight that the branch must hold —and as it dies and decays, it can become a fall hazard. Rather than letting it get to the point where it could become a fall hazard, consider calling our team to come and take a look at the tree as soon as it shows signs of weakness so we can see if there is a way to save the branch.


Tree cankers are a spot on the tree where the bark seems to have sunken in or has completely fallen off. Usually found on the trunk and larger branches, tree cankers are a sign of disease, pests, or infection. Scheduling a pruning services appointment with your local tree care specialist can ensure that the disease, infestation, or infection is removed before it spreads.

Unrestricted Growth

In most cases, trees are located in close proximity to other trees. Because of this, they will grow outward until they touch each other — then slowing their outward growth and focusing more on upward growth. When a tree does not have competition for space, it might grow outward too aggressively. When a tree grows outward too quickly, it can develop branches that are too heavy for the trunk to support. Rather than facing a fall hazard, contact a pruning services provider to see if there is a way to remedy the situation by pruning or influencing the tree’s growth.

Misshaped Trees

Sometimes trees grow in an odd shape for no reason. They don’t necessarily have to be injured, growing in an uncontested space, or diseased. When this happens, it is important that you have it pruned in areas where weight might be unevenly distributed or where branches might wander above your home, driveway, or deck.

For Tree Pruning In Northern Colorado, Think Schra Tree Care

Schra Tree Care has been serving the Loveland, Fort Collins, and Northern Colorado areas for over three decades, and we would love to be your go-to source of tree care services. Our pruning services are incredibly valuable, and we would love to visit your property to take care of your trees. If you have any questions about our pruning services, we urge you to contact us today or schedule a free tree pruning consultation.

We look forward to hearing from you!