How much to trim oak trees

You Want To Charge Me HOW MUCH To Trim My Trees?!?!

Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

I’m starting to realize just how easy we’ve had it by owning and living in a condo for the last seven years and not having to worry about any of the exterior maintenance on the property.

The trees at our house have been neglected for years…and yearsand years. We’ve got some really great trees, but they definitely need some attention. Every time I go over to the house, I see more dead branches that have fallen in the yard, and I’m so afraid that one day I’ll go over to find a massive limb on (or through) the roof of the house.

I’ve been putting off calling a tree service because, of course, I can always think of things that I’d rather spend my money on (like paint and fabric and furniture), but when I arrived at the house the other day to see this massive limb down in the back yard, just a few feet from the house, I knew it was time to stop procrastinating.

That limb was probably 10 feet long, and definitely weighted enough that if it had landed on a person, it would have seriously injured them…or worse. And if it had landed on the roof, there would have been some serious damage.

So I finally made the call.

I didn’t want to hire just any “Joe with a chainsaw” who would come and start whacking away at my trees. I wanted to hire someone who actually knew what they were doing. After all, these trees are very old, very established, very big, and worth a lot of money.

So I called a tree service that’s owned by a certified arborist. He came out and looked at my trees, gave me some good information, made lots of notes, and then handed me a quote for trimming the six trees closest to the house — two oak trees and four pecan trees. The price?


I’m surprised I didn’t pass out right there from the shock. I was expecting maybe $3,000 at the most. But more than ten freaking thousand dollars??!!

He priced them all out individually. The pecan trees were downright bargains. The most expensive of the four pecan trees, which came in at $1200-ish, was this one on the side towards the back of the house with the dead limbs looming over the roof.

The other pecan trees were in the $600 to $800 range. Total bargains compared to the two oak trees!

And of course, he said that the two oak trees were the biggest issues and needed to be dealt with immediately. The one in the back of the house, with its dead limbs mixed in with it’s way-too-heavy limbs that arch towards the ground (with some of the arching right over the roof) and look like they’ll snap at any moment, came in at about $3700.

The most expensive one was the oak tree in the front, which I had assumed was the least of my worries. But according to him, this massive thing is just waiting for the right opportunity to murder my house.

He said that this tree has obviously been split in the past (presumably from something like a lightening strike).

Obviously the tree has healed itself over many years, but he said that the scarring that covered the split isn’t as strong as the tree was originally. So that, combined with the massively long limbs that are carrying way too much weight on the ends is a recipe for disaster. He said if the tree were to split again, half of it would fall on my house and basically crush the entire thing.

His solution? Not only does this tree need to be trimmed quite a bit, with the extra long limbs taken back a few feet, the extra weight removed from the ends, and the dead limbs removed, but this bad boy need to be cabled.

And the cost for taming this deadly ninja tree that’s just waiting to destroy my house under cover of darkness?

$4,500.00 For one tree. ONE.FREAKING.TREE.

Needless to say, by the time the arborist had delivered his news and left, I was not too happy. Everywhere I looked, all I could see where these deadly trees with their wicked branches looming over my house just ready to pounce and destroy my house the moment I turned my back.

Thank goodness my brother came over a little bit later and talked me down from the ledge, and made me realize that these trees, while they do need to be trimmed, have been there for well over 60 years, through rain, snow, sleet, drought, and presumably even a lightening strike, and they’re still standing. They’re not trying to kill my house.

So I’m feeling calmer about it now. But seriously, $10,705 to trim six trees??!!! I just can’t. Could you?

Kristi Linauer

Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.

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How Much to Trim a Tree?

Typical Range:

$75 - $1,500

Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.

Updated June 21, 2022

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Professional tree trimming costs between $200 and $760, or an average of $460, depending on the tree's size and the parameters of the job. Smaller tree trimming jobs—particularly for trees under 30 feet tall—can cost as little as $75. Trees reaching over 60 feet, on the other hand, can cost over $1,500 to trim. 

Let's break down how to determine your approximate tree trimming costs, tree trimming add-ons, and the key differences between tree trimming and pruning.

In this article

  • Tree Trimming Cost Factors
  • Tree Trimming Cost per Hour
  • Trimming Cost by Tree Type
  • Additional Tree Trimming Costs
  • Tree Trimming Add-Ons 
  • DIY Tree Trimming vs. Hiring a Pro
  • FAQs

Tree Trimming Cost Factors

Since every tree is unique, no two tree trimming jobs are quite the same. Trimming can improve the overall look and health of your tree, protect local power lines, and keep branches from impeding on your home. Tree trimming even increases direct sunlight in your backyard for better gardening.

Your tree trimming estimate will take several factors into account:

  • The number of trees you need trimmed

  • The type of the tree

  • The size of the tree

  • Tree health issues

  • Accessibility of branches

  • Location of the tree

  • The time of year

Number of Trees

Arborists and tree trimming specialists may offer discounts for larger jobs that include more than one tree. For example, if the cost to trim a single, mid-size tree costs $300, professionals may quote you $1,000 for five trees—or just $200 a tree. It is typically less expensive for experts to cut more trees at once since you've already covered the cost of travel and tools.

Type and Size

The tree variety and its size both play a large role in tree trimming costs. Even though trimming is more about aesthetics than pruning, you still need professional knowledge to remove branches without harming the health of the tree.

Tree type also dictates the height of a tree and the reach of its branches. The larger the tree, the more expensive it is to access, trim, and haul away debris. Pros may require specialty climbing and bracing equipment to safely remove and lower branches. 

Common tree heights and costs include:

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Call a local tree trimmer or certified arborist if you're concerned about the health or stability of a tree on your lawn. Recent storms, disease, or pest problems can threaten its structure and ability to flourish. Trimming can even preserve the tree without having to remove it. Between inspection, pest control, and disease control, add an extra $30 to $300 to rule out and address health issues when trimming.


The height, variety, and relation to other structures on your property affect the accessibility of the job. You'll pay higher prices, for example, if tree trimmers need to bring in a professional climber to trim the tree. Bucket trucks are much easier and less expensive to use, but if the tree's branches in question are too difficult to reach or in the way of a major structure—more on this below—you'll pay a bit more.

If your tree overlaps with power lines, you'll need to contact the utility company for additional assistance. Tree trimmers may also charge more if the three sit close to your house, shed, or another tree. 


The cost of living and standard contractor prices in your area will sway your bottom line. If you live in a less expensive region with small, easy-to-trim trees, expect lower costs. Densely forested areas with tall oaks and pines, however, will push prices higher. Some average costs of tree trimming in major cities include:

  • Dallas: $500

  • Denver: $200

  • Los Angeles: $450

  • Miami: $350

  • Phoenix: $600


Homeowners trim their trees once a year depending on the tree's variety and placement in their yard. If you call a tree trimmer during the high season—late fall through early spring—you may end up paying a premium to fit into their schedules. 

The high season exists for a reason, however. Arborists recommend trimming or pruning most tree species during their dormant seasons to encourage spring growth, so there is naturally more demand for trimmers during these months. 

Calling a tree trimmer off-season is common if it was damaged in a storm or growing dangerously into a power line.

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Tree Trimming Cost per Hour

Hourly rates for tree trimmers fall between $25 to $50 per employee, but you'll rarely see them listed on your estimate. Tree trimmers may use the hourly rate to calculate your flat fee, but details like tree size, accessibility, and requested services will play a larger role. The company will use these details to build a rate that encompasses all the related fees, including the number of employees and the approximate length of the job.

Trimming Cost by Tree Type

Arborists in your region should specialize in how to trim your local trees, particularly since each species requires a different trimming tactic and schedule. Each tree's height, trunk and branch thickness, and even environmental protection laws affect the price to trim them.


Palm trees across the U.S. significantly vary in height depending on their species. Southern California fan palms can reach over 80 feet while palms in the southeast are much shorter. Trimming palms will cost between $100 to $1,500 for this reason. Many homeowners like to remove the dead fronds from the tops of palm trees for aesthetic purposes. Call a local palm tree trimming service for expert advice on how to scale them back safely.


From Northern Reds to Willow Oaks, oak trees are some of the most common landscape trees across the country. They can also grow over 80 feet tall with a spread of over 40 feet at maturity. You'll pay between $180 and $1,500 on average for oak tree trimming costs. More specifically, Trimming an 80-foot oak tree will cost about $1,000 if it's accessible by bucket truck or $1,400 if you need a climber.


Much like oaks, pine trees can grow anywhere from 50 to 150 feet tall. Their denser branches can make them trickier to climb as well. Pine tree trimming costs between $200 and $1,800 on average for this reason.

Crepe Myrtle

Hardy to zones six through 10, crepe myrtle trees are common flowering trees with dense, shrub-like branches. Since the trees only grow up to about 30 feet tall, they're a bit easier and cheaper to trim. Expect to pay between $80 and $400 depending on its size, health issues, and the time of the year.


Mangrove trees—particularly those in Florida—are often heavily regulated by the Department of Environmental Protection. You'll need a specialist to determine if it is legal to trim a mangrove and how much you're allowed to remove—typically no more than 25% a year depending on its height. You should avoid trimming a mangrove tree yourself, as improper removal or trimming comes with a hefty fine.


The thick density of cypress branches can make these trees a little hard to trim. And since they range from 15 to 100 feet tall on average, you'll pay between $150 to $1,200 for tree trimming services. Professionals should know how to properly trim a cypress tree's round shape for safety.

Large Trees

Large and extra-large trees—we're talking over 60 or 150 feet—require more complex climbing equipment and tools for cutting the thick branches. You'll pay between $800 and $1,800 for large tree trimming, but the price will vary even further depending on access, its exact size, and its species.

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Additional Tree Trimming Costs

If you're concerned about the stability of a tree on your property, it's important to have an arborist check it out for potential issues. Pests, decay, disease, or abiotic damage—damage from the weather—can all affect its overall health. Professionals may recommend pairing tree trimming services for fertilization, deep root injections, or disease control.


Begin by inviting an arborist to your home to sign off on the health of your trees. They will check for signs of rot, pests, structural issues, and local soil health. A tree inspection will cost between $30 and $150 for the visit.

Pests and Disease

While many types of fungi, insects, and animals play a role in a healthy tree's ecosystem, they become pests when they damage the structure or health of the tree. Tree pest control costs significantly vary depending on the species, but average between $50 and $250

You may require monthly pest control treatments to save the tree as well as an inspection of whether they've threatened its stability. A few pests to look out for include:

  • Ants

  • Aphids

  • Emerald Ash Borers

  • Mites

  • Oak Wilt

  • Root Rot

  • Shield Lice

  • Termites

  • Woodpeckers


Check if your tree trimming estimate includes the cost of hauling branches and cleaning up your yard. If not, dumping costs add an extra $25 to $100. A more thorough yard cleanup that includes pruning, leaf removal, and raking may cost from $200 to $500.

Deep Root Fertilization

Struggling trees can benefit from spikes that send fertilizer deep into the ground to reach its lower roots. A certified arborist will charge between $50 and $300 for this service, but it is also a DIY-able project.

Tree or Trunk Injection

One common method to fight tree pests and disease is trunk injection. Arborists inject a tree with treatments right to the trunk’s core for more thorough care. The process will add $50 to $100 to your bill.

Tree Trimming Add-Ons 

Working with an expert tree trimmer or certified arborist opens the doors to even further tree care for a healthier backyard ecosystem. They may recommend additional services or a better or stronger tree.


Pruning costs between $400 and $800 a tree, similar to trimming costs. While pruning and trimming overlap, pruning specifically prepares dormant shrubs and trees to bloom next season. It removes dead or wilted areas of branches to promote growth.  


Topping a tree costs between $400 and $800 since it follows similar steps as traditional trimming. But this process—which removes the top section of the branches to round off the end of its branches—can threaten a tree's long-term health and even invite rot. A certified arborist may recommend topping a tree as the first step to removing it altogether.

Branch Removal

Tree branch removal is the same as tree trimming and therefore also costs between $200 and $800 on average. You may need individual branches removed after a storm or if one interferes with the roof or chimney on your home.

Tree Removal 

Removing a tree costs between $400 and $1,200, depending on many of the same factors for tree trimming. Its size, health, and placement will all play a role. It's important to always trust full tree removal to a professional, as you'll need local permits to remove certain tree species.

Stump Grinding and Stump Removal 

Expect to pay an average of $3 per diameter inch for the cost of stump grinding and removal. The whole project will cost between $150 and $500.

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DIY Tree Trimming vs. Hiring a Pro

Tree trimming is not a straightforward DIY project, nor is it necessarily cost-effective. The price of pruners, tree trimmers, safety equipment, ladders, and dumping costs can cost over $1,100—more than the average cost to call in a professional. 

Attempting to trim a tall tree on your own can also result in:

  • Falling from the tree or ladder.

  • Harming the structure of the tree.

  • Interfering with power lines.

  • Injuries from sharp and complex pruners.

  • Trimming an environmentally protected tree.


What's the difference between tree pruning and trimming?

In many cases, trimming and pruning will serve similar purposes. Pruning removes old foliage and a section of branches to encourage longer growth and blooms in the spring. Arborists often prune trees in the dormant season to prepare them for the next season.

Tree trimming more commonly refers to removing the ends of branches for aesthetic purposes. Unstable branches or branches that impede on homes and electrical lines also get trimmed each year.

When should trees be trimmed? 

Check your trees at least once a year for the following signs that they need to be trimmed:

  • Branches are growing too close to your home or nearby structure

  • Branches threaten electrical wires

  • Signs of structural damage

  • Signs of pests or disease

Homeowners may also choose to trim some trees for aesthetic purposes at least once a year. Otherwise, wait every three to five years to trim them for optimate health.

Do I need an arborist for tree trimming? 

Both trained tree trimmers and certified arborists can safely trim or remove trees from your yard. Tree trimmers can remove unsightly branches, protect your home and wires from the tree's growth, and make recommendations about removing trees without the arborist certification. Call an arborist when you have questions about the tree's long-term health and recommendations for care.

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90,000 when and how can I cut the oak


  • The role of an oak in landscaping
  • The role of trimming in the formation of the crown
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  • Cunning of the Austrian oak
  • Cunning a stone
  • Acts of actions
  • When they proceed to pruning?
  • Sanitary pruning
  • Recommendations for beginners

Oak is a majestic and magnificent tree, a symbol of solidity and durability. The ancient Roman scientist Pliny considered centuries-old oaks a wonder of the world and believed that they appeared simultaneously with the emergence of the universe.

In nature, you can see about 600 species of this plant, among which there are both evergreen and deciduous. Basically, these are trees 20-30 meters high, less often 50 meters. Some species are shrubs, among which there are very small ones, no higher than two or three meters. Oaks adapt well to different environmental conditions, some species can withstand frosts down to -60C. In Western Europe and central Russia, pedunculate oak is most common, and, for example, in North America, the species composition is more diverse.

The role of oak in landscaping

Most of them grow slowly, in addition to the main trunk there is a spreading crown, which is a heavy skeletal branches and many small branches covered with dense foliage. To maintain an aesthetic appearance, the crown of each oak must be cut. This, seemingly simple at first glance, must be done carefully so as not to spoil the landscape composition and not harm the plant.

Where natural conditions favor the growth of oak trees, there are quite a lot of them in forest parks and large parks. Separately growing trees, the tree looks wide, its trunk is not high, and the crown is spreading. Most often they are planted next to coniferous trees.

If this is a planting and a lot of trees are planted, then the oaks will be tall, straight and slender.

The role of pruning in the formation of the crown

Throughout the life of the plant, intensive growth of the main stem can be observed. Apical growth occurs much faster than lateral shoots, so oak belongs to plants with monopodial branching.

Regardless of the species, the ever-growing trunk of the plant will be strong and straight, but it may not be alone. A randomly growing crown will give the plant an untidy look, so it needs to be shaped, that is, to limit the growth of branches. To do this, oak branches need to be cut in a timely manner, they do it every two to three years, using different methods.

To slow upward growth, remove the apical bud (remove the tip of the shoot), shorten or cut out the branches or shoot. Some gardeners make the mistake of believing that it is enough to trim only the growth. Such a procedure will lead to the fact that the branching will be even more intense, which means that the thickening will increase. In order for the crown to look openwork, it is better to remove part of the growth, and sometimes entire branches, this should be done without sparing, since as a result it will be possible for sunlight to enter the crown.

Pruning of crowns of oaks of different types has a number of minor differences.

Austrian oak pruning

Austrian oak is a deciduous tree with a domed crown. Crown pruning is done while the plant is at rest. The best time for this is autumn - spring.

This procedure is carried out according to the requirements for stem trees, which must have a main trunk, the stem should be about 2.5 m high. In countries with short and cool summers, the apical shoot will not be characterized by accelerated growth, as a result, the plant will look like a bush.

The first three to five years, the trunk is cleared of the lower shoots, but the branches are shortened gradually, this will take 2-3 years. Pruning formed trees is to remove dead shoots, this should be done regularly. If you still have little experience in pruning, it is better to entrust this matter to professionals. In order to properly carry out anti-aging pruning and remove excess branches from the crown, knowledge and skill are needed.

Holm oak pruning

Holm oak is an unusually beautiful plant. It has a wide rounded dense crown and dark glossy leaves. The shape of the crown, especially in young trees, is different - both drooping and columnar, but, most often, an intermediate option. Young representatives of this species resemble a bush; over the years, the trunk becomes clearer. The tree needs regular shearing, planting such oak trees you can get a magnificent hedge, you can grow one tree, if you form a crown in a timely manner, it will be large from the middle to the end of summer.

Pruning requirements are the same as for stemless trees, the lower branches in the shade tend to fall off. The main shoot will not remain dominant for long, but you should not rush to remove the side ones, gradually they will take over the functions of the skeletal ones. In old oaks, the crown is asymmetric, but your attempts to restore harmony may be in vain, young shoots are unlikely to appear in empty places. Mature oaks are pruned only in emergency cases, for example, if the branch is broken by the wind, but it is better to entrust this to an experienced specialist.

Very often, out of ignorance, small, beautiful hanging branches are cut, this does not have the best effect on the appearance of the oak, therefore, it is necessary to make a decision on raising the crown only after consulting with a specialist.

Algorithm of actions

As we have already said, a neglected tree not only looks untidy, but can also become a hotbed for the spread of a dangerous infection that poses a threat to other trees. That's why it's so important to trim in a timely manner. With the right tool and knowledge of the algorithm of actions, you can easily cope with the task.

  1. Specify the type of oak and ask when is the best time to cut it. Pruning times can be adjusted to suit the weather conditions in your area.
  2. With a sharp instrument, make cuts on the lower parts of the branches at a distance of 30-60 cm from the main trunk.
  3. Make cuts on the upper parts of the branches 7-10 cm above the first ones. This will keep the bark intact.
  4. It is necessary to remove undeveloped, damaged and dry branches. Cut as close to the trunk as possible to minimize knots. The cut points are treated with sealants; black paint can be used as a sealant.

When do you start pruning?

The best time for this is the end of winter and the beginning of spring, but, as we have already noticed, different species have their own characteristics. In areas with a warm climate, where winters are not very cold, pruning is also done in winter, but the air temperature on this day should not be lower than -5C. If this requirement is not observed, then part of the bark and wood in the area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe cut may be frostbite. No less careful should be pruned in the summer. Pruning should not be too intense.

Sanitary pruning

Mid-February or mid-April is the best time for sanitary pruning of oak trees. Cut off dry, unhealthy, damaged branches, and those that grow towards the center of the crown. You can also do this from July to August.

Beginner's advice

  • The chainsaw is most commonly used for pruning. Keep safety in mind, and if you are handling it for the first time, consult an experienced gardener on its use.
  • Do not cut thick old branches without the help of a professional or alone, there is a high risk of injury.
  • Oak is a tall tree, so experts do not recommend standing on the stairs while working, it is better, for reliability, to fix yourself to the trunk with seat belts.
  • If you consider pruning unnecessary, long branches will grow uncontrollably, they will show wounds from neighboring branches and knots rubbing against branches from gusts of wind. The wounds will develop an infection. What will affect the health of the tree is not the best way.
  • Take care of your own safety before starting work. Wear a hard hat or headgear that can protect your head. Any protective clothing with long sleeves is suitable - a work suit, overalls, a dressing gown and even a shirt.

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  • 1 What is Oak?
  • 2 Care for holm oak
  • 3 Pruning oak
    • 3. 1 What time of year is oak pruned?
    • 3.2 pruning tools
  • 4 How to trim oak?
    • 4.1 How to prune a young oak tree?
      • 4.1.1 Form pruning
      • 4.1.2 Fruiting pruning
    • 4.2 How to prune a mature oak tree?
      • 4.2.1 Cutting products
      • 4.2.2 repair pruning
  • 5 Oak pruning tips

What is Oak?

Oak is a type of tree from 16 to 25 meters high that can be found mainly in Spain but also in other regions of southern Europe. It is known to be very resistant to drastic seasonal changes in parts of Europe and is also a species with a very long average lifespan.

Quercus Ilex is the scientific name for oak, cataloged as one of the most common Outdoor plants resistant to cold and heat in Spain is due to the fact that it is adapted to living on almost any type of soil. Its grandiose crown is capable of casting a shadow over a very large area, and it has a very strong trunk.

It has beautiful leaves that can remain always green regardless of the surrounding climate, although it should be noted that you may see some traces of yellowish color on the leaves when the tree reaches the senescence stage.

Oak blossoms between March and May, although it should be noted that its main attraction is not the flowers, but the fruits known as acorns, which are used as food for a huge number of wild animals. and is also used to make flour.

Its wood is incredibly hard, so much so that some types of structures are even made from it, although their manufacture is a complex process. It is also very common in the home of the Spaniards, who use it for making fires, in addition to the fact that its bark is also often used to color certain materials.

Caring for holm oak

One of the best aspects of this species, besides its resilience and adaptability to a large number of regions and climates, is that it is extremely easy to care for this type of tree, so it is very easy to grow this type of crop. types.

As we have already said, holm oak adapts to almost any type of soil, and in fact there is very little land where this tree can be planted, which contributes to the expansion and reproduction of this species.

Incredibly hardy in cold climates, however it is best kept in areas where the climate is drier and warmer most of the year. Sunlight is an aspect that is very conducive to the development of this tree, although it does not prevent it from forming in shady places.

A very important point is that oak has an incredible resistance to the pruning process, which must be carried out during the period of slow growth, so that the tree can quickly recover and not get sick.

Also, unlike what happens with other types of trees, knowing how to prune an oak tree You can practice any type of pruning, even a sharp rejuvenation is highly recommended when the tree is too old or when any part of it is in a strong wear.

Oak pruning

As with many plants, pruning is a very important factor for the proper development and growth of oak trees, so you should know how to prune oak , as well as all the necessary tools for the process, the correct trimming time and other aspects that must be considered when performing it.

For oak, pruning is an essential condition for its growth and obtaining a favorable shade, as well as a significant yield of fruits that serve as food for animals in the environment.

One of the most important points is that pruning has a direct effect on the oak as it is in its early stages of development, a process that can give long-term results as it ensures that all parts of the plant are properly aerated. and gives it a beautiful appearance from the crown to the base of the foliage.

The first time an oak tree is pruned with the main aim of building up the structure of the plant and providing it with a good basis for growth as it is in its early stage of development.

On the other hand, when the plant is 4 years old from the time of planting, pruning is carried out mainly for the purpose of clearing it and freeing it from any type of parasites, dry and old branches. It also helps to ensure good ventilation inside the plant and lighting of all parts of the plant.

What time of year is oak pruned?

A very important aspect to consider is the specified point at which the pruning process should be carried out, as it is well known that with this type of plant, if exposed to extreme climatic conditions after pruning, it can be harmful. to their development.

This is why the oak must be pruned at crucial times when its progressive development slows down a little, i.e. at the end of the cold season or at the beginning of spring, so that the plant is not too exposed to cold and that wounds can heal faster by the time they restart their stage development.

Particular care must be taken during the oak pruning season, as if this process is delayed and carried out at a time when the plant is in the best phase of development, it can suffer a significant loss of nutrients.

pruning tools

Oak is a tree that can grow to enormous heights and pruning usually requires a variety of tools to do it the best way.

It is necessary to limit the importance that all instruments are pre-disinfected with a suitable product for this type of instrument and, if possible, the disinfection process is also carried out after use.

This prevents any transmission of bacteria, fungi and other infectious agents that could endanger the health of this and other plant species on which the pruning tools will be used.

The tools to be used are as follows:

  • Pruning shears or small saw : This tool will be used to cut branches between 1 and 5 centimeters.
  • electric or hand saw : This will be used for large branches that cannot be cut with the first tool.
  • ladder : Specially designed for very tall oaks whose top branches need pruning.
  • Healing Paste : Used on newly cut plants to help close wounds and protect the plant from any type of infection.
  • Safety items : Items such as gloves, goggles and boots used to provide protection to the arborist.

How to cut oak?

Many people think that depending on the type of plant, the pruning process will always be the same, but the truth is that there are different types of pruning for each stage of plant growth.

That's why the first step in pruning is to make sure you know the age of the plant, depending on this information the pruning process will be different. Considering also that all plants age differently, influenced by vegetation characteristics, Soil types and the environment that surrounds them.

How to prune a young oak?

An oak can stop being young when it is over 6-10 years old, this is, as we have already said, an aspect that can depend on the environment in which it is planted. At this point, pruning the tree helps establish the growth structure.

The process that is followed in these types of pruning is usually the same, which we will show step by step below:

  1. First of all, you need to get rid of branches that are clearly in poor condition because they are dry or look weak.
  2. Some branches will be longer than others, and to make the tree look more aesthetically pleasing, they are cut to the same height as the others.
  3. Branches closer to the ground are cut off and the trunk is left clean.
  4. Ideally also remove the shoots to prevent new growth at the bottom.

It should be noted that although the oak pruning process is very similar, the truth is that they are performed for different purposes and some of the steps are not the same.

Form pruning

Its purpose is to establish the tree's growth regime, fix its structure and direct its development. The most important recommendation is to ensure that this pruning is done at the right time of the year when the tree's growth is at rest and has enough time to heal its wounds before any frost arrives.

At the first formation pruning, all branches are pruned to stimulate the growth of the tree. Now, for the second time, the main branches are lowered and the lower part of the trunk is cleaned, and the third time the main branches are lowered again and the branches remaining in the crown are removed.

Fruiting pruning

At this point, the main branches on which the rest of the tree will be attached are selected, they should be as straight as possible, with the intention that it will not fall under weight in the future, in addition, suction cups are excluded from these base stems. Secondary branches from which the fruit crop will be produced are also determined.

How to prune mature oak?

Doing a pruning process on an old oak tree allows it to keep the shape it has developed in, in addition to clearing the center of the tree, where many branches tend to accumulate after the tree has grown large, due to the fact that access to this space becomes more inaccessible.

By being able to get rid of extra branches inside the tree, air can flow through all spaces much better and sunlight can reach all parts of the plant much easier.


This is a pruning consisting of a series of steps that must be followed to improve the quality of the fruit and increase its quantity. The main task is to expand the light supply to a large part of the tree.

This process removes excess leaves and branches that are in the crown and center of the plant, in addition to secondary branches that do not produce as much fruit, so others will grow that will improve production.

The method for this pruning is as follows:

  1. The offspring that take up the most space on the branches are removed first, as this slows down growth and wastes excess energy. But you must let the plant save the weakest to protect the Tree main trunk.
  2. You must remove the branches that are at the bottom because they do not have access to as much sunlight as the others, and therefore the fruits they produce are not the best.
  3. Branches growing in the center should be cut crosswise with the rest, as such shoots interfere with the passage and growth of the rest.
  4. We must ensure that there is as much light as possible in the glass.
repair pruning

This is done on oaks that are already productive for many years and are starting to show signs of decline such as reduced levels of productivity, loss of leaf color and size in addition to other symptoms. would be noticeable to any specialist.

It should be noted that this type of pruning can be done in two different ways, the first being the quick way of removing all of the tree's foliage and leaving only the trunk with the most important branches, so the foliage will come back to grow again.

On the other hand, there is slow rejuvenation pruning where you start pruning from top to bottom, and this is a process divided into stages with a time interval of up to 3 years, with the goal of eliminating the main branches one at each stage.

Oak pruning tips

Plant pruning is always done with the aim of developing them in the best possible way so that they grow healthy, strong and optimize the production of any type of fruit. Here are some tips you can apply now that you know how to prune oak :

  • It's best to lob the crown before any other, as this helps expose more parts of the tree to the sun.
  • Be aware that unhealthy branches can significantly slow down the growth of a tree.
  • For the best view of the tree, it is best not to let the branches grow asymmetrically, especially in the crown.