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If you are looking for the most qualified and knowledgeable tree trimming & pruning experts in San Diego, look no further than Arbor Task Tree Service San Diego. Want to get a tree trimming quote in the San Diego area? Fill out our Request an Estimate form, give us a call, or read more about our tree trimming services below.

We look forward to meeting you and your trees!

Don’t hire just anyone for tree trimming services.

Hiring the wrong person or company to trim your trees can lead to serious injury and in some cases may even kill the tree.

When it comes to tree trimming, it’s crucial to hire professionals who have species-specific tree expertise so your trees are not harmed during the tree trimming process.

Arbor Task Tree Service San Diego follows the International Society of Arboriculture recommendations for proper tree trimming and pruning. 

The owner, Alman Grant, is a certified arborist committed to providing the best outcome for San Diego residents, and their trees.

Additionally, our tree removal and tree trimming crew members are highly skilled tradesmen with decades of experience caring and maintaining trees. Our tree trimming company consistently provides expert level advice to our customers about tree care and proper tree trimming care. 

Below you will be able to find more information about specific types of tree trimming services we provide to San Diego residents.

Main types of Trimming & Pruning Treatments Provided by

Arbor Task Tree Service San Diego

Crown Reduction

Crown Reduction is a specific type of tree trimming in which 20-25% is removed from the top part of the tree while still retaining the tree’s form and structure.

The correct approach to crown reduction involves pruning limbs back to a lateral branch that is one third the size of what is being cut. The primary objective with crown reduction is to prevent a mature tree from losing heavy, long, or structurally defective limbs during a storm. When the Crown Reduction procedure is properly executed it drastically reduces the odds of large tree branches falling.

Therefore, Crown Reduction will also reduce the odds of a falling tree limb harming people and or your personal property.

If you think your trees need Crown Reduction services and are located in the San Diego area, call us to schedule your free consultation with our certified arborist. Give us a call or text now.


Crown Lacing is also referred to as Crown Thinning. This process is similar to Crown Reduction. However, there are some fundamental differences.

Crown Lacing is a process in which smaller branches are cut out to open holes in the canopy. The holes in the tree canopy allow for the wind to pass through more easily which in turn reduces the likelihood of branches breaking and or the tree itself from falling. Such a process will reduce the likelihood of weather, wind, or time, bringing down a hefty piece of the tree, damaging your home, vehicles, or worse, below.

In addition to the tree being less susceptible to weather events, the tree will be more aesthetically pleasing because Crown Thinning will enhance the view of the limb structure. Give us a call or text now.

Crown Cleaning

Crown Cleaning is an important part of helping trees stay healthy. Crown Cleaning is the process of identifying and removing dead, diseased, and or insect infested branches. When a tree has dead, dying, or diseased limbs, it will divert nutrients away from the healthy part of the tree in an attempt to save the branches that are at risk of dying. Crown Cleaning will make a tree look better and will improve its health as well.

Crown Cleaning is usually done in conjunction with Crown Lacing. When Arbor Task Tree Service San Diego is hired to do a Crown Thinning project, we make it a point of emphasis to talk to property owners about performing Crown Cleaning as well.

If you are concerned with the health of a tree on your property and feel you may need Tree Crown Cleaning services, give us a call or text today to schedule your no-pressure tree health evaluation. 

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Crown Raising

Crown Raising refers to strategically removing the lowest portion of a tree’s branches, known as the “skirt-line”, to clear structures and make overhead clearance for people and vehicles. When trees are planted too close to driveways, utility lines, or roads, their branches will inevitably become an obstruction as the tree grows. A tree with a low crown can also get in the way of people enjoying their yards.

Crown Raising, when done properly, will ensure that a tree’s branches will not become a nuisance or get in the way in the future.

If you have an issue with trees on your property getting in the way, reach out to your friendly local arborist at Arbor Task Tree Service. We will set up a time to give you a free consultation.

Crown Restoration

The Crown Restoration process involves making precise cuts that will promote better tree health. Throughout our many years of providing tree services in San Diego, we have seen our fair share of poorly executed tree trimming projects. An improperly trimmed tree can allow pests to have easy access to your tree. Low quality pruning can also make it appear as though your tree is dying. Typically, we will see three types of cuts on a tree that indicate a poor tree trimming quality. Flush cuts, stub cuts, and heading cuts are easy to spot signs that your tree has been trimmed by someone with a lack of proper experience.

Arbor Task Tree Service San Diego carefully evaluates each tree before we start a project. This allows us to put together a detailed plan of action that is in line with a tree’s unique needs.

Contact Arbor Task Tree Service San Diego to schedule a consultation.

Tipping Cuts

Tipping Cuts San Diego

The term Tipping Cuts, describes a process that is used to shape a tree. This method should only be used in very specific instances. The proper way to Tip Cuts is to only cut small branches that are up to 1.5 inches in diameter. Additionally, cutting between the nodes is also a critical part of Tipping Cuts properly. You should only hire experienced arborists to tip cuts. When a tree is tipped improperly, it can cause serious long-term harm to your tree.

If you want to determine whether or not Tipping Cuts is the proper type of tree trimming procedure that needs to be performed, reach out to us to schedule your free tree consultation in San Diego.

Tree Pollarding

This pruning method is the act of cutting a tree back to the same spots regularly to control height. The Tree Pollarding process begins with initially cutting the tree back severely, as it grows out it is cut repeatedly until calluses or knuckles form. These calluses store carbohydrates just below where the cuts are made in anticipation of the next growth cycle.

This is one of the most beneficial types of tree trimming because it involves cutting the same areas over an extended period of time to ensure the tree has enough time to heal between cuttings. It also encourages the tree to produce new growth.

It is not uncommon to see the Pollarding tree trimming method implemented to keep tree limbs away from power lines. If you think Pollarding may be the right tree trimming method for your trees, get in touch with us. An experienced arborist from Arbor Task Tree Service San Diego will schedule a time that is best to meet you and your trees. 

Large Hedge Trimming in San Diego

Long and Tall Hedge Trimming in San Diego

If you have large hedges on your property, Arbor Task Tree Service San Diego is the best local company to call.

Since our company has flat rate pricing on our large hedge trimming services, we are one of the most popular and affordable hedge trimming companies in San Diego. Flat rate prices for every ten linear feet. We have extension hedge trimmers with articulating heads that allow us to cut with precision. Additionally, we have large ladders that allow us to reach any height and width of hedges with ease.

Contact Arbor Task Tree Service San Diego to schedule your hedge trimming appointment.

Palm Tree Trimming in San Diego

Consult with an ISA Certified Arborist first!

Palm trees are trimmed improperly more than any other type of tree. There is an abundance of incorrect information online about how to properly maintain a palm tree. General Palm Tree trimming involves cutting off dead fronds, fruit stalks, and loose palm frond butts. One of the most common mistakes we see is cutting too many fronds off of the tree. When too many green fronds are removed from the palm tree, it prevents the tree from reabsorbing nutrients when they undergo a process called senescence and fold down. Skilled Arborists, like ones found at Arbor Task Tree Service San Diego, will be able to peel, shave, and sculpt your Palm Trees for a more decorative appearance.

Ready to have your Palm Trees trimmed? Get in touch with Arbor Task Tree Service San Diego to schedule your free Palm Tree trimming consultation.

Palm Tree Disease

Palm trees are hardy and can live anywhere from 40-200 years depending upon the species. However, palm trees are susceptible to diseases and pests. Palm trees can get fungal infections such as Fusarium Wilt (Fusarium Oxysporum), Bud Rot (Phytophthora Palmivora), and Ganoderma Butt Rot (Ganoderma Zonatum).

When landscapers or tree trimming companies do not properly sanitize their trimming equipment before cutting a palm tree, it can spread tree-killing fungal spores to your otherwise healthy palm trees. This can create havoc for a property.

Spores are microscopic cells that are produced by fungi, plants, and bacteria. Isopropyl or bleach should be used before and after trimming palm trees to reduce the spread of these tree-killing fungal spores.

You will have a hard time finding any other tree service in San Diego that is willing to properly sanitize their equipment prior to trimming your palm trees.

Tree Disease in San Diego

The friendly palm tree experts at Arbor Task Tree Service San Diego truly care about you and the health of your trees.

Killer Palm Tree Pests – South American Palm Weevil

South American Palm Weevil in San Diego

Sadly large amounts of Canary Island Date Palm Trees in San Diego are dying from a pest called the South American Palm Weevil. The Palm Weevil is native to Mexico, South America, and Caribbean Islands. This species of Palm Weevil was first discovered in San Diego in May of 2011. The Palm Weevil releases a pheromone to attract other Palm Weevils to come to a palm tree and then they will reproduce. Females lay eggs that hatch into Weevil larvae that feed on the nutrient-packed Palm Heart.

The Weevil will typically (but not always) infest the crown of the palm tree which will prevent the Palm Tree from producing new fronds. A Palm Tree infested by a Palm Weevil will have drooping fronds that look like an umbrella. The fronds at the top of the tree will also be uncharacteristically brown since the tree and fronds are dying.

If you have a Palm Tree on your property that is exhibiting the visual symptoms of a Palm Weevil infestation, please call us immediately. Arbor Task Tree Service San Diego has the expertise and experience needed to help your trees have the best chance of survival. Additionally, we can help you protect other Palm Trees on your property that have not been infiltrated by the tree-killing Palm Weevil.

Schedule your free tree consultation.

Things to Avoid When Having Your Trees Trimmed

A tree that is trimmed improperly may take years to recover or it may not recover at all. Inexperienced tree trimmers use tree trimming methods that cause a tree to go into shock and even kill your trees. When you’re looking to hire a tree trimming service, there is only one thing more important than knowing what type of tree trimming company to hire. That is to know what type of tree trimming company you should not hire. You will be able to read more below about the most common types of egregious acts performed by inexperienced tree trimming companies.

Do yourself a favor and hire a certified arborist.

If you’re in San Diego and looking to hire an experienced arborist, call Arbor Task Tree Service San Diego.

Tree Topping

Tree Topping is a term used to refer to the process of cutting back large limbs and or stems. This type of tree trimming is done indiscriminately and unsystematically to reduce the tree. It leaves large wounds and exposes the bark tissues to direct sunlight. When the bark tissues are exposed to direct sunlight, it scalds and damages the cambium layer of the tree. Once the Cambium layer of a tree is destroyed, the tree will die slowly.

It can take up to 6-10 years for the tree to decline and eventually die.

Tree Topping will also cause a tree to create a prolific amount of new sprouts that will ultimately turn into weakly connected branches that break off easily. These branches and not only in poor health, they also put you and your property at great risk. Large wounds caused by Tree Topping expose the Heartwood (central support layer) to pathogens which will expedite & promote decay.

Tree Topping is the most prevalent type of tree damage we see caused by inexperienced tree trimmers & landscapers. If you want to find out more about the health of your trees or need to hire knowledgeable tree trimming experts, call Arbor Task Tree Service San Diego.

Lion's Tailing

The term Lion’s Tailing is a term that is used to describe a lazy and method of trimming trees. Essentially, everything is stripped off of the tree branch except for the ends of the branch. A tree branch that has had everything stripped off except for the end has an appearance that resembles a Lion’s Tale, hence the term Lion’s Tailing. This method is misleading because it gives the visual appearance of a tree transformation, but it harms the tree, and puts others at risk.

This amateur and irresponsible method of trimming tree branches will lead to limb failure.

If you suspect that a landscaper or inexperienced tree trimming company has used the Lion’s Tailing method of tree trimming, reach out to Arbor Task Tree Service San Diego. We will provide you with a detailed and accurate plan to minimize the impact of the improper trimming done in the past.

Climbing Spurs

Climbing Spurs are used by tree professionals to climb trees. Climbing Spurs are also referred to as Climbers, Climbing Spikes, or Gaffs. The Climbing Spur attaches to the outside of a shoe via straps and has a sharp metal point that digs into a tree. The spikes on Climbing Spurs penetrate the bark of a tree which can cause damage to the tree by opening it up to potential pests.

These should only be used on tree removal projects.

If tree trimming is the only type of work that is being performed on the tree, Climbing Spurs should not be used due to the long term negative impact they can have on a tree. Experienced tree climbers will be able to climb a tree without using Climbing Spurs. It is easier to climb a tree while using them, but the health of your tree should be a tree trimming service’s highest priority.

Arbor TASK Tree Service San Diego

Are you ready to talk to a San Diego arborist about your hedges, palm trees, and trees?

Arbor Task Tree Service San Diego is here to help you with your tree trimming, tree removal, and tree related health questions. Our tree service company stands out as the best in the industry due to our unwavering commitment to safety, unmatched expertise, and exceptional customer satisfaction. With a dedicated team of certified arborists and state-of-the-art equipment, we prioritize the well-being of your trees and property. Our consistently positive reviews and testimonials from satisfied clients attest to our unparalleled quality and professionalism, making us the top choice for all your tree care needs.

We are your go-to source for everything trees. Call us today to schedule your no-pressure tree consultation.