Tree Pruning & Trimming

From size reduction to trimming out deadwood, professional pruning can make a world of difference to the appearance and longevity of your trees.

Improve Your Trees' Safety, Health & Appearance With Trimming & Pruning by Cincinnati's Certified Arborists

Pruning and trimming your trees and shrubs is an integral part of caring for your landscape. It helps them to develop an appealing shape, keeps them healthy, and addresses structural or safety issues before they become a problem.

Our professional pruning and trimming service is an excellent option if you have larger trees than you can manage yourself, you're unsure how to do it properly (most people don't know the correct ways to prune trees), or just don't have the time.

If you're looking for some added curb appeal, schedule a pruning and trimming service with us today!



You can call Lefke Tree Experts at any time for professional tree pruning services and tree trimming in the greater Cincinnati area. We provide tree care for the entire area, including Southwest Ohio and North Central Kentucky.

What Our Tree Trimming & Pruning Customers Say

We've been pruning trees in the Cincinnati area for 15+ years so it's easy to find reviews of our work online, including these from Google.

Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Responsiveness

Kevin, Jeremy and their team did such a wonderful job cutting limbs off trees in our backyard to allow more sunlight for sod. They were professional, timely, open to explaining their process, flexible with what I wanted, quick to get the job done and their clean up was excellent! Thank you so much!

Madeleine Meeks
Service: Tree trimming & pruning

Positive: Quality, Responsiveness, Value

I hired Lefke Tree service after soliciting bids from several local companies.  Lefke promptly came and made a competitive bid for the services. ... Yesterday, they showed up at my jobsite with 3 workers and a 72' bucket boom in order to do the work. Within several hours, they had completed the additional assignment. They then cleaned the yard of all debris. I would not hesitate to hire Lefke for tree pruning services at a residence.

Barry Rothchild
Service: Tree trimming & pruning

Overgrown tree? Broken branches? Call Lefke today for professional tree pruning or trimming

This isn't a DIY job

Which Type of Tree Pruning Do You Need?

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    Broken, diseased, or dying limbs can cause problems for your tree and are a hazard to you and your property. Crown cleaning allows us to remove the problem branches, leaving a healthier, better-shaped tree behind. After crown cleaning, trees are also more resistant to the heavy winds and ice we get in Southwest Ohio and North Central Kentucky.

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    Is there a tree in your yard becoming weighed down by its own limbs? During the tree thinning process, we look at the tree from the inside-out and selectively remove branches to reduce the density of the canopy. This can be done to allow more light into your yard, maintain the natural shape of the tree, and make your tree more resistant to heavy winds, ice, and other harsh weather conditions.

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    Are you constantly ducking around low-hanging branches which block access to your yard or driveway? Do branches scrape and hit the side or roof of your home? By removing the lower branches, we raise the tree’s canopy. Raising can be done to make more room for mowing, to keep branches and foliage from touching your roof, or to create easier access to walkways, driveways, and yard space.

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    Reductions are done to maintain or reduce the size of a tree, which can be to increase the amount of space in your yard or to make your tree or shrub fit into a landscaping design. Our reduction process controls the height while ensuring the health and longevity of the tree. This is not the same thing as topping, hat-racking, or rounding over!

Pruning & Trimming. What to Expect.

If you need tree pruning or trimming services in the Cincinnati Metropolitan Area, give us a call and we’ll send one of our arborists to visit your property. We’ll examine your tree(s) and give you our recommendation for the best pruning method to meet your needs.

When you decide to move forward with our tree trimming proposal, you'll be added to the work schedule. We'll let you know before we start the work so you can make sure we have access to your yard and that there's nothing in the way (such as parked vehicles or pets).

You don't need to be present while our crew prunes your trees (we have clear work orders that describe exactly what will be done). But if you'd like to watch, we'll ask you to do that from indoors or from a safe distance.

When the work is complete, our crew removes all of the branches that were cut off and cleans up any debris in the work area. We often leave properties looking better than we found them!


We Don't Just Cut Off Problem Branches

Your tree’s species, age, and time of year can all affect how the tree will respond to pruning. That's why proper pruning isn't just a matter of cutting off problem branches. We always do our best to make sure your tree thrives by using the pruning techniques that fit your unique situation.

One common, but damaging, pruning technique you may see in your neighborhood is called tree topping. We do not perform this – for the health of your tree and for your safety.

Learn why we don’t top trees >>


When you hire Lefke Tree Experts, rest assured that our tree care experts use the best pruning method for your tree to ensure its long-term safety, health, and shape.

Pruning & Trimming

Frequently Asked Questions

Tree pruning is one of the most common types of tree service in the greater Cincinnati area. Unfortunately, it's also the tree service that's most often done incorrectly, leaving homeowners with damaged, deformed, and unhealthy trees.

If you're thinking about getting your trees pruned, you probably have some questions about the timing, process, and more.

We always encourage our customers to learn what they can about proper tree pruning techniques before they hire a tree service company.

To help you understand the basics of tree trimming, we've put together answers to the questions we're most often asked. But if you have a different question, just give us a call!

It depends on the age and type of tree. Most trees should not be pruned for the first 3 years after being planted. 

After that, younger trees benefit from being pruned every 2-3 years, and mature trees every 3-5 years.

However, this is a general guideline, not a hard and fast rule. If a tree is overgrown, blocking your view, casting too much shade, hitting your roof, or in any other way causing issues, you can have it pruned more frequently.

Fruit trees and trees that have storm damage may also need to be pruned more frequently. 

Check for any broken branches or dead sections of the tree.

Also, check out the full shape of the tree, look for branches hitting a roof or other nearby structure, or sections of the tree that may be restricting access along a path or even blocking a view from a window.

Any time you think your tree may be dangerous or could pose a safety risk, contact a professional for a tree inspection as soon as possible. 

For more things to look for, check out our article on 7 signs it's time to prune your trees. 

Yes! In some cases, winter pruning may be preferable. 

Winter pruning is a good idea for several reasons. Not only does it allow you to clean up your trees when they aren’t actively growing (which can help reduce the likelihood of stressing them or inviting insect pests and diseases) but it also lets you check off a gardening chore before things get hectic again as the weather warms up.

Learn more in our blog post on winter tree pruning and trimming.

Reputable tree service companies don’t work when winter conditions are hazardous to people OR trees!

Protecting your property and your trees is of primary importance, so we take no risks in bad weather conditions. When we experience any of the following situations, we'll have to reschedule your work for when conditions improve.

  • When temperatures drop to dangerously low digits
  • When heavy snow builds up in trees
  • After freezing rain has coated roads, power lines, and trees in ice
  • When freezing and thawing cycles create ice loads in trees and atop roads

Fall is the only season when pruning is not suggested, except for dead, damaged, or diseased branches. Fall pruning, like all pruning, stimulates growth. But new fall growth will likely be killed by the dropping temperatures as winter arrives. With winter approaching, this short-lived fall growth will end up being useless to a tree, and stimulating that growth requires using a tree’s stored energy reserves that would be better used to help it through the colder months ahead.

We do not top trees. This process of cutting trees shorter is not recommended and can be harmful to trees. 

Crown reduction is a specialized pruning technique and is the proper way to reduce the size of a tree.

Of course, planting the right tree in the right place is always the best option as you can avoid unnecessary pruning.

Learn more about tree topping and how it can cost you more money in the long run.

Pruning trees gives them a well-maintained look and adds to your curb appeal (which can increase your property value).

More importantly, though, pruning helps the health of your trees, allowing them to live a longer life. 

Pruning can help younger trees to develop good branch structure, which helps trees when storms and strong winds arrive.

Pruning can also help mature trees by opening up the canopy, removing any dead or broken branches, and more. 

Please give us a call if you have any questions about your trees or our tree pruning services. 

As a general rule, cutting off dead branches may help a tree, but every situation can be different. When done properly, cutting off a dead branch will allow the tree to focus on the healthy branches and promote more growth.

The type and size of the power line, as well as its proximity to the pruning we'll be doing, dictate how we will approach work.

Any job that involves pruning near a power line requires a thorough inspection by one of our experienced arborists. If necessary, we'll coordinate with the local power company to disconnect power to the line(s) in or near your tree.

Safety is always our first consideration when working near power lines so we take extra care to ensure our crews are safe. This might mean that scheduling your pruning job will be delayed while we make proper arrangements with the power company.


"Very professional. Very knowledgeable, but most importantly very easy to work with. If you want a small business to treat you like family while they cut your trees down go with Lefke Tree Experts."

Thomas Duncan

Ready to schedule your tree trimming project? Call us today!

Give us a call or contact us online for a tree pruning or trimming estimate. We cover the greater Cincinnati metro area, including northern Kentucky and southeast Illinois.