Having trees around your home is a great addition to landscaping plans. You’ll get to enjoy beautiful changing colors in the fall and a cool place to relax from the summer heat. Trees are pretty self sufficient once they’re established and don’t need as much attention as your other plants, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore them completely. Be on the lookout for these 5 signs that your trees need to be pruned to keep them lively and looking beautiful!

Branches are Close to Power Lines

If your tree is growing close enough to the power lines that branches are starting to hang over the lines, it needs to be pruned. The branches can pose a serious safety hazard and even cause damage to the electrical line system. Never attempt to trim trees back from power lines yourself. One wrong move could be fatal, so it’s best to leave this to the professionals.

Dense Leaves

A tree that’s growing rapidly and sprouting new leaves may look like a healthy thing, but if the leaves get too dense it can actually harm the future growth of the tree. If you can’t see the sun through the leaves of the tree, it’s too dense and needs to be pruned.

Branches are Damaged or Broken

Branches can be damaged, broken, or splintering for a number of reasons. Storms, high winds, and branches that are dying are all prone to breaking. A damaged branch could break off and fall at any moment which poses a serious safety hazard. Broken and damaged branches should be pruned ASAP before anyone gets hurt or damage occurs to the home.

Cracking Bark

Cracking bark on the tree or branches is a sign that a disease has made its way into the tree and is starting to kill it. The diseased area can usually be pruned and the rest of the tree will continue to grow, but the diseased area needs to be pruned quickly before it spreads to the rest of the tree.

Deformed Tree Growth

Deformed trees can be a serious eyesore. Even if you don’t mind the misshapen look, it should still be pruned. If the tree continues to grow in an unnatural way the weight will be unevenly distributed and branches can begin to break off. Trees that grow in a deformed shape often grow faster than other trees too, so pruning will need to be done more frequently.


Pruning trees is a big job. Purchasing the right tools and doing all of the work yourself is no small task, but the good news is you don’t have to! East Coast Tree Service has a team of people who are experienced in tree trimming and pruning. We have the best equipment for the job and can ensure it’s done right the first time. Contact East Coast Tree Service today at (781) 518-8014 to learn more and schedule a consultation!

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