You may believe that
tree trimming is a simple task that involves cutting a branch. If only that were the case, there are actually several factors to take in when cutting a tree. Several techniques and tree trimming types have been established to ensure your tree is getting the right treatment.

Follow this blog to make sure you understand the basics of tree trimming and how your tree’s health can be improved with the appropriate cutting. There are several key aspects of tree trimming that the highly-experienced arborists at A1 Sure Services know from front to back. Here is our overview of the most common types of tree trimming used by A1 Sure Services. 


Why Is Tree Trimming Necessary At All? 

Consider tree trimming like your own hair. What happens if you let it grow uncontrollably? It’s harder to maintain, you’re at risk of getting caught in something, and it can get in the way of so many things. A tree is very similar, which is why you should always be keeping a watchful eye on the growth. 

A1 Sure Services offers some of the best tree-trimming services in the industry. Our team of highly-skilled arborists bring state-of-the-art equipment and decades’ worth of experience to the table. As highly-knowledgeable tree service professionals, our team knows the ins and outs of all facets of tree trimming and are all very well-versed in the four main types of tree cutting. 



One of the most important aspects of maintaining the health of your trees is deadwooding. This is the meticulous process of removing limbs from the tree that have either died, become infested with pests or developed the irreversible disease. 

The disease and pests thrive on dead wood, it helps keep them alive. Removing these unhealthy branches will deprive the pests of nutrients and reduce their spread to healthier areas of the tree. 


“Crown Lifting” 

As the name would suggest, crown lifting is the process of heightening the topmost portion of the branches. As a means of reducing the amount of obstruction from below, crown lifting is an effective method of improving the overall health of the tree. 

Crown lifting is carried out by removing the lowermost branches of the tree to keep people, animals and other factors away from influencing the branches. Although this is a very effective method, a highly-trained arborist will need to be present as it requires a certain level of skill. Removing major low-hanging branches is also part of the arborist’s job in maintaining tree health. 

“Crown Reduction” 

As the opposite of crown lifting, crown reduction is the process of removing branches from a top-heavy tree. This is a vital process to undertake, particularly when storms are approaching or a severe breakage is expected. 

Crown reduction can also be an excellent method of reducing the stress of trees, even with no danger incoming. This is definitely not a DIY task, as several key steps are required for effective crown reduction. Arborists with years of experience will have the knowledge to carry out proper crown reduction. Make sure to get in touch with an experienced tree services team with the right equipment and knowledge!


“Tree Topping” 

Commonly referred to as “heading”, tree topping is a technique of tree trimming that is employed to reduce the overall size of the tree. Not typically a common practice, as it is unreliable. However, for many years, this was common practice among tree cutters. Tree trimming with this technique tends not to discriminate between the branches that should or should not be cut. 

If the tree is weakened, it may become susceptible to a host of issues, such as: 

  • Sunburn 
  • Decay 
  • Pest infestations 
  • Disease 


A1 Sure Services 

A1 Sure Services, no job is too big or too small. As a family-run business with over 20 years of arborist experience, we provide high-quality and affordable tree care services to residential and commercial clients, Auckland-Wide. 

We have public liability cover of up to $2,000,000, providing you with total peace of mind. 

Our services include tree removal, tree felling, land clearing, tree trimming, tree pruning, stump grinding, stump removal and emergency tree services. We also offer a free on-site inspection typically within 48 hours of enquiry and highly competitive pricing every single time. 

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation, on-site inspection. Request a quote here.