Tree pruning services for your Portland home

Reliable service by trained arborists

Portland Tree Pruning

General Tree Service's professionally trained and ISA certified arborists have been pruning trees and shrubs in the Portland-Vancouver metro area for over 90 years. With residential and commercial services, we’ll keep the trees and shrubs at your home and business safe, healthy and looking good.

Specialized training, equipment and an 'eye' for what needs to be done are tools of our trade. As members of the TCIA, ISA and as arboricultural experts, we are dedicated to working with you to create a healthy landscape.

Pruning is done for 2 reasons

  1. Hazard reduction

    Hazard reduction pruning is exactly what it sounds like-pruning to eliminate a possible hazard or danger. For example, removing dead limbs hanging over a park bench so they don't fall and hurt someone.

  2. Maintenance

    Maintenance pruning is done to maintain or improve the health and structure of a tree and can include hazard reduction pruning.

Tree trimming services for the Portland-Vancouver area

Whether you’re trimming trees for safety reasons (as in hazard reduction) or maintenance, there’s different kinds of pruning that can be done. Often times, more than 1 type of pruning is necessary though you can be sure our crew, led by Dave, always follow industry guidelines set by the TCIA and ISA.

When Greg, Kevin or Jim is giving an estimate for tree trimming, they’ll listen to your concerns first. Then, they’ll give an expert assessment bringing up any potential dangers as well as discussing the type(s) of pruning needed for your trees and shrubs to remain healthy while promoting growth.

Pruning 101: Types of pruning

  • Crown cleaning-pruning off dead, dying, diseased or weak branches
  • Crown thinning-pruning branches to increase light penetration, air movement and reduce weight
  • Crown raising (lift pruning)-pruning off lower branches to provide clearance
  • Crown reduction-in particular cases and for the appropriate type of plant, pruning to decrease the height or spread of a tree to reduce encroachment to a structure, other trees, etc.
  • Crown Restoration-pruning to improve the structure and appearance of a tree. This service is done to restore the canopy structure of either a tree that had been subject to poor pruning in the past or to help restore a healthy canopy in a diseased tree
Specialty pruning

In addition to the types of pruning already described, General Tree provides specialized pruning to address specific needs, such as:

  • Detail pruning
  • Containment pruning
  • Production fruit tree pruning
  • Ornamental fruit tree pruning
  • Structural pruning
  • Vista pruning

You can read more on our Specialty pruning page.

General Tree Service has been caring for the trees and shrubs around our facility for over 25 years. Their expertise and concern for our landscape is why we continue to partner with them.

- Ed N., Portland Oregon

Did you know improper pruning can damage a tree?

The trees and shrubs in your yard need regular care and maintenance to keep them healthy and looking their best and this includes pruning. Pruning is best done by professionals who understand how a tree responds to each cut so long term viability is maintained.

Keeping everyone safe

We are always concerned about the safety of our crews and take particular care to train and supervise all employees in proper safety procedures. Climbers use tree saddles and safety lines when working above 15 feet.

Ground crew members wear hard hats and place safety devices to control pedestrian and vehicular traffic and assist in safely lowering large limbs. Appropriate head, eye and ear protection is worn by all crew members. Only trained employees are allowed to work within 10 feet of an energized line.

General Tree has cared for our hundred year old trees as well as keeping our lawn and gardens beautiful for over a decade at our home on Reed College Place. We can recommend them with enthusiasm!

- Robert M., Portland, Oregon

Tree and shrub removals

When removal of a tree or shrub is necessary, we remove it as low as possible to near ground level.

A complete removal includes the stump and major roots within 2 feet of the stump with the area being smoothed out as best as possible. Stump grinding is also available.

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Is your yard healthy?

If you’re concerned about the health of your landscape and trees, give us a call to talk about our Plant Health Care.

Our focus is environmentally friendly programs to get everything in your yard to grow big and strong as that makes them more resistant to disease and pests.

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