Type of Pruning Depends on Age of Tree

Pruning is the single best investment a property owner or community can make to ensure the survival and lengthen the life span of their trees. Older trees require more consideration before pruning; you need to take into account both the tree’s health and its stage in life. Older trees or trees with health problems, cannot withstand pruning as easily as younger, vigorously growing trees.

Arborist categorize trees by “life stages”, after determining what life stage a tree is in , and its overall health, the professional arborist can then decide how to prune. The life stages are:

  • Establishment which is the beginning process (seedling) or planting of the tree.
  • Juvenile in this stage trees are established in their environment and grow at their most rapid pace.
  • Mature the growth continues at a slower, steady pace.
  • Post-mature (over mature, past mature) is a very slow growth rate.
  • Declining the tree is in its final life stage.The best advice is to hire a tree care professional with experience, expertise and equipment to safely prune any size tree. Require proof of liability insurance and check to see that they are a certified arborist or certified tree worker.

Acorn Arboricultural Services, Inc., is a local tree services standing by to help you with your tree service needs. We have professionals on staff ready to inspect your property and will give you a free quote.  If you have serious tree concern, consult our professional arborist who will identify the causes of tree health problems and make recommendations for treatment.

Contact Acorn Arboricultural Tree Service, Inc. with any additional questions or for consultation using our online form or call us at 916-787-8733916-787-8733!


  1. I want to make sure that my trees are pruned properly. I didn’t know that it was so important to prune them depending on the different life stages! It makes sense that you wouldn’t want to prune a declining tree on your own, or else you would run the risk of damaging something.

  2. I had no idea that you had to prune trees based on their age! Our neighbors were talking about these different life stages a few weeks ago but I didn’t really know what they meant. We have been needing to get our trees pruned for a while now so we will have to keep this information in mind while we are hiring someone for the job, thank you for sharing!

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