Crown raise pruning is normally a concept that homeowners and property managers understand and know as important to maintaining the safe operation of a property. Crown raise pruning is just that, when the lower portion of the tree’s canopy is pruned and removed in a way to increase clearance underneath.

Benefits of Crown Raise Pruning

  • Clearance for vehicle parking.

  • Clearance for buildings.

  • Clearance for mowers and maintenance crews.

  • Increases safety in high traffic areas.

  • Improves line of site and visibility on a property.

  • Improves visibility when pulling into and out of a property.

  • Enhances vista views.

  • Allows for more sunlight exposure and air flow.

How high do limbs need to be pruned?

  • 12-15’ high is most typical. This does not mean that every single limb is removed from the tree if it is below this suggested height. Crown raise pruning focuses more on the canopy or “green” portion of the limbs.

  • We normally don’t recommend removing a large limb right at the trunk of a tree but, instead, work out much further on the limb and remove secondary lateral branches to achieve the desired clearance goals. It’s best to leave these large limbs in place for the future needs of the tree.


We were very sad to see our huge Maple go, but we couldn’t have asked for a better company to do the job. Everyone at Parshall was professional, courteous…and the guy who did the tree work knew exactly what he was doing. AA+++…highly recommend!

Cindy Franseen, Homeowner

The Parshall crew’s display was very professional, safe and acrobatic, as they climbed and fell a mature 80 ft. oak tree, some of which hung over our second-story roof. Also, they didn’t crush any of the rhododendrons beneath the tree, were very friendly, courteous, and did a great job cleaning up.

Steven Stinson, Homeowner

We recommend Parshall Tree Care Experts to all of our landscaping clients and work with them to maintain our own (beloved) huge, old maple trees. Fast, reliable, professional & knowledgeable. Your trees will thank you!

Julie Sitzema, Landscaper


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