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Custom Tree Pruning

The Reality Is That Most Trees Can Be Pruned Whenever the Saw is Sharp.

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Healthy, Well Trimmed Trees Are A Good Investment

DLC Arbor has proudly provided custom tree pruning services in Denver for over 30 years. Many of the trees found in Denver yards originate from the forest. In forests, trees grow close together with limited light and space, causing them to grow tall with short, evenly-spaced branches. In an urban setting with abundant light and space, trees branch out erratically, growing at the same rate as the central leader. These forked branches break easily in storms and limit the light and space needed for proper photosynthesis.

Custom tree trimming corrects erratic growth and reestablishes proper form by promoting a central leader with evenly spaced branches throughout the crown. DLC Arbor’s tree professionals follow the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 300 Pruning Standards to get the best tree trimming results.

Healthy Trees Are Valuable

The value of a mature urban landscape equals to five to ten percent of a home’s real estate value. According to The Denver Post, the average Denver home in 2018 was worth $450,110, which makes a landscape with mature trees worth about the cost of a new automobile. So tree maintenance, makes good economic sense. To schedule tree service, fill out the form at the bottom of this page or call 303-378-8000.

Types of Tree Pruning

Landscape trees need pruning at least five times over their first 25 years to promote proper growth. Some species require more trimming to establish appropriate form. No more than 30% of the crown should be removed each time.


Prune tree limbs to eight feet above lawns and sidewalks and 14 feet above streets to allow enough clearance for mowing, pedestrians, and vehicles.


We cut off any dead, broken, diseased, or weak branches two inches in diameter or larger so that they don’t break off and cause damage.

Custom Tree

We reduce the tree to one dominant central leader. We cut out all lower and crisscrossing branches. Proper tree trimming reduces the likelihood of storm damage.

Overgrown Tree

Overgrown trees are unsightly. We remove all the dead and weak branches while retaining as much live foliage as possible to reinvigorate tree growth.


We trim out branches below a point of visible infection or damage to help control diseases such as Crabapple Fire Blight.

Recommended Shrub Pruning

DLC Arbor Services recommends the following types of shrub pruning:

Rejuvenation Pruning

Take out at least one-third of the largest and oldest stems to ground level, remove deadwood and stubs, prune long branches to shape, and clean out leaves and debris at the base. All of this will rejuvenate your plant.

Regeneration Pruning

To get new growth, cut all stems to six inches above ground level, remove dead wood, dead stubs, and debris at base to allow space for regrowth. New growth typically appears within 10 days.


Typically done on hedges and evergreens, shearing means to remove last season’s growth to create a formal shape.

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DLC Arbor Services

123 Vallejo Street

Denver, CO 80223