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The Truth about Tree Pruning


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Simple Guide to Tree Pruning
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Considering tree trimming?

Does your tree need pruning or branches removed? Are you concerned about the health or safety of your tree – or is there a branch near your roof or car? Vista Tree has tree pruning services that can help.

It’s difficult to achieve the right look and feel on your property without taking care of your trees. Tree pruning can enhance the aesthetic and health of trees in your yard, create more sunlight or maintain privacy from neighbours.

With our expert tree pruning services, we offer more than just aesthetic enhancements – we provide a shield against potential damage to your property.

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Affordable Excellence


At Vista Tree, we’re committed to providing exceptional value to our clients.

Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, our tree services are tailored to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

We provide options for tree care customized to your budget and discerning tastes.

Safeguard Your Home and Property From Tree Damage

Have Peace of Mind at Home

You deserve to feel safe in your home and have peace of mind about your property but it’s difficult to relax when you’re worried about falling branches or branches damaging your home.

  • Take Out Dangerous Limbs and Dead Branches
  • Protect your Gutters and Windows
  • Stop Tree from Damaging Cars
  • Keep your Pool Clean from Leaves
  • Stop Falling Branches
Enjoy more Sunlight and Fresh Air

Get More Light in Your Life

Say goodbye to tangled branches and dark, shady yards!

There are many tree pruning techniques to bring more sunlight, airflow and good vibes to your home and backyard.

  • Nourish your Garden or Grass with Sunlight
  • Get Tree Branches Away from House and Patio
  • Get More Sunlight for your Pool or Deck
  • Stop mould, mildew and rot
  • Enjoy nature again in your own backyard
  • Scientifically-backed Practices for Tree Health
Nurture Your Nature and Keep your Trees Looking Their Best

Bring Beauty to Your Backyard

Make your trees and shrubs beautiful once more by cutting overgrown and misshapen trees back down to size.

We love to renew trees of all sizes, from towering Oaks to stately Japanese Maples.

  • Make your trees and shrubs Lush and Verdant
  • Care for feature trees and prized ornamentals
  • Keep your outdoor space clean
  • Stop extra leaves, needles and debris
Manage overgrowing or Damaged Trees with Tree Pruning

Take Control of Your Trees

When your trees have grown too big or are looking wild and unkempt, it’s time to take back control of your yard.

Trees of all sizes can be made smaller through careful and selective tree pruning, like Crown Reduction. Our Certified Arborists can advise you on the best, scientifically-backed way to get your trees back down to a manageable size and prevent damage from overgrowth or storms.

  • Keep Small Trees Small
  • Cut back overgrown trees
  • Reduce the size of large or overgrown trees
  • Manage rot, damage and disease
  • Avoid costly removals
Get More from your home and outdoor space

Re-decorate the Biggest Room in Your Home

For most homeowners, the biggest room in the house is the backyard or side yard. A yard can be an oasis and sanctuary – from the city, from the heat… even from your neighbours! Green spaces also influence the value of your home and its curb appeal.

  • Increase the Curb Appeal of your Home with Tree Pruning
  • Create a Retreat from the World and Weather by Maintaining your trees
  • Reduce Heating Costs and Water Run-off
Trees don’t just damage fences – sometimes they can mend them

Manage Neighbours Better

If good fences make good neighbours, what do shared trees make?

If you’re dealing with neighbour trees or shared trees, you want to manage them right from the start no matter the quality of your relationship.

We’ve found the right approach to tree pruning for neighbour or shared trees is to engage both sides from the start, and keep communication lines open. Sometimes this means we are go-betweens for difficult relationships, other times we work with both sides together to achieve their goals.

  • Deal with neighbour or shared tree issues
  • Respectful, discreet and engaging support
  • Full relationship management available for difficult situations
  • Advice and insight on by-laws, requirements, airspace and different options

Let Us Solve Your Tree Pruning Problems

Tree Pruning Knowledge Centre

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We Make Nature Work For You

Vista Tree Management is the top Toronto tree service, delivering exceptional work by Certified Arborists. We don’t just care for trees, we manage them to make nature work for you – whatever your vision.

Tree Pruning Services in Toronto FAQ

Common Tree Pruning Questions

Below you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions we receive about tree pruning services in Toronto.

Why do trees get pruned?

  • More sunlight for a pool, garden or lawn
  • Improving curb value or real estate value before a home sale
  • Getting branches off the roof or stopping animals from using trees as a “highway”
  • Pushing back branches from a car or other property
  • Worrying about the safety of a dead branch
  • Concerns about the health of a tree
  • Wanting the tree to stay the same size or to prune the tree smaller
  • Improving or changing the shape of a tree
  • To induce or reduce flowering or fruiting
  • Anxiety over rot in a tree or broken branches
  • Lots of dead branches or falling branches
  • Storm Damage to tree limbs
  • Keeping feature trees and prized ornamentals healthy

Do I need a permit to prune or trim a tree in Toronto?

No, so long as you are not injuring the tree. Tree injury relates to the use and application of best arboricultural practices. Cutting a tree in half, cutting off most of its foliage, topping the tree and other practices would fall under the category of injury which is against the private tree bylaw in Toronto.

Who is responsible for tree pruning overhanging branches in Toronto?

The property owner with the overhanging branches is responsible for their maintenance. However, if they encroach onto a neighboring property, the neighbor may also have rights to prune them back within their boundary lines.

In general, homeowners are responsible for maintaining trees on their properties. For city-owned trees located on public land or road allowances, the City of Toronto takes care of trimming through its Urban Forestry department.

How much does it cost to trim a tree in Toronto?

The cost of pruning a tree varies based on factors such as size, species complexity, accessibility challenges and amount being removed. We have an entire breakdown of the cost of tree trimming available that walks through the details.

Why should I hire a Certified Arborist to prune my tree?

Certified arborists have the knowledge and experience to ensure quality workmanship and protect you from potential liabilities through extensive insurance coverage for their work and employees. While handymen and landscapers may be capable of removing branches, sometimes the cure is worse than the disease: cutting branches and limb off incorrectly can cause significant injury and damage to a tree.

The other thing that Certified Arborists bring is an expert perspective with a longer, more comprehensive view. Cutting off a few nuisance branches may seem simple enough, and sometimes it can be. Other times it won’t actually achieve what you want, like added sunlight for your garden or to get a tree away from your car.

Small, low branches are rarely the cause of the worst tree problems, instead it is the branches much higher up that are shading your backyard or rubbing against the roof. Since we see these issues constantly, the perspective of a Certified Arborist can inform your decision and help you get the most out of your tree pruning.

The Right Tree Pruning Methods

Using the right pruning methods is crucial for maintaining healthy trees on your property. Improper techniques can lead to irreversible damage, such as stunted growth or decay. Certified arborists have extensive knowledge about various types of trees along with their specific requirements ensuring optimal results when it comes to tree maintenance.

Unskilled workers may lack knowledge about proper pruning techniques, which are crucial for maintaining the structural integrity and overall health of trees. Improper cuts can leave trees vulnerable to disease, insect infestations and decline.

What can go wrong with cheap, unskilled labour

Other example of bad pruning practice include: leaving stubs, pruning more than 10-15% of a mature tree, cutting too close to the tree (a flush cut), cutting off all the leaves but leaving pieces of wood in the tree and so forth. Fly by night workers with a chainsaw, landscapers, DIY homeowners and other untrained people are the usual culprits.

Their price is low, but the cost can be very high as the City will issue an Order to Comply when they discover trees that have been harmed by poor practices. Compliance Orders force homeowners to have the tree pruned and mulched, or removed and may also carry a large fine for violating the bylaw.

What are the benefits of tree trimming services?

  • Promotes healthy growth: Regular pruning removes dead or diseased branches, allowing more sunlight and air circulation for healthier foliage.
  • Increase property value: Well-maintained trees can enhance curb appeal and increase the value of your home.
  • Safety: Removing hazardous branches reduces the risk of accidents caused by falling limbs or debris during storms.
  • Disease prevention: Timely removal of infected parts prevents diseases from spreading to other areas within a tree or neighboring plants.

What are some types of tree pruning services?

  • Aesthetic trimming: Making your tree look more beautiful or appealing, like a feature tree for landscaping.
  • Functional pruning: Getting branches removed to improve access to your yard, reduce animal traffic or increase sunlight onto your grass or gardens.
  • Structural Pruning: Correct growth habit, alter the shape or improve sun and wind penetration for tree vitality.
  • Deadwood Pruning: Taking out dead branches to make the tree healthier and safer.
  • Maintenance pruning: Removing live branches that have grown too big, spread too wide or have structural issues like rot and decay.
  • Hazard reduction: Removing branches or limbs that pose a safety hazard to people or property.
  • Crown cleaning: Removing dead, dying, and diseased branches from the crown area of a tree.
  • Clearance Pruning: Cutting off branches that are growing to close, onto or over a structure or area like a roof, pool or deck
  • Crown thinning: Selectively removing branches to increase light penetration and air movement through the crown.
  • Raising / Elevation Pruning: Removing lower branches to provide clearance for pedestrians or vehicles below.
  • Crown reduction: Reducing the size or height of a tree by selectively cutting back its limbs and foliage. at the tips throughout the whole outer canopy

Why is tree trimming important for homeowners in Toronto?

Trees only began growing in urban environments during industrialization some two hundred years ago. Since they spent millions of years growing in natural environments, the changes that cities have brought are relatively recent. As a result, many trees suffer in urban environments. Since trees that are poorly maintained become a hazard and an eyesore, this can impact safety, property values and your enjoyment of your home.

What are the benefits of trees to people?

Psychological benefits of Trees

Looking out at trees also lowers your cortisol and stress levels, improves well being and lightens moods. You don’t need a hike in a forest to achieve this, even looking or sitting under your own backyard trees can improve your mental health and sense of wellbeing.

Physical Benefits of Trees

Trees can also help you to reduce heat around your property, lowering heating bills in the summer or providing a shaded place to rest on a hot day. On top of that, getting a good dose of nature in your own backyard can lower your blood pressure and contribute to overall physical wellness due to the psychological impacts discussed above.

Does tree pruning hurt trees?

Trees that are pruned according to best arboricultural practices are not being harmed. In forest environments, trees compete with one another and will shed limbs or be overtaken by other larger trees. In the city, this competition for resources is lesser, which means overgrowth can occur, as well as dead branches, storm breaks and other issues. Pruning trees to contain their size, spread and spread as well as eliminating hazards keeps them healthy and safe for longer. When trees are not maintained, they can become very costly to fix or remove in future.

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Vista is an excellent company to deal with. The owners went above and beyond expectations to help deal with a unique situation. The guys who did the work were not only professional but also very polite. I will be using them again to help with other work in the future.
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We are very happy with all the work Vista Tree Management accomplished on our property.  James was very professional and gave us excellent advice concerning the trimming of our 12 foot cedar hedges and the pruning of our mature silver maple trees.  The crew was very friendly and hard working, they did a tremendous job on the work required and they did an excellent job with the clean up.  We would highly recommend Vista Tree services to our family and friends.  We will definitely use them again for all of our future projects.
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They just did my front lawn, and boy, did they leave a lasting impression!

They were straightforward with the plan - clear and precise, ensuring that I was well informed of the process and outcome. The execution was meticulous and exceeded my expectations. Moreover, the cleanliness post-service was remarkable, leaving no trace of debris or disruption.

They were on time and was the epitome of friendly and cheerful—felt like I had friends over for a garden party!

Overall, their service was excellent at every stage. The inquiry, consultation, customer support, day-of service, follow-up, and payment process were all seamless.

I had peace of mind and very happy with Vista. I highly recommend them to those in need of reliable and thorough tree management service.
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I can’t say enough positive comment about James and Vista Tree. We were “ghosted” by 2 other tree management companies last fall. James came by and provided separate quotes for two very large trees on our property, both of which were a challenge to severely prune. They were a hazard and had to be addressed. The quotes were delivered the next day after assessment. The team was here on two separate days (April 30 and May 7). They were efficient, professional and most importantly safe. Hollis, the arborist who climbed the trees was friendly and communicated everything he was doing to the trees as well as any changes he made once he was up in the tree. The other members of the crew (Syd and Pete, I can’t remember the others) were professional and friendly. They cleaned everything up and were open to any suggestions we had regarding disposal of the wood. I would highly recommend this company. We will be having them back again to do more work, in the fall.
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Leaside neighbours take note!! Exceptional and professional service from start to finish. The team at Vista Tree Management responded to an urgent and critical situation. They were efficient, skilled and courteous. They handled the tree removal with precision and left our backyard immaculate. I highly recommend this team for your tree removal needs. They beat the competition by $1000+
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James and his team did a great job pruning and trimming our old silver maple. James answered all my questions, provided expert advice and had his team do the work shortly after. The workers were professional, cleaned the space well, and were really efficient. Would definitely recommend Vista Tree management!
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James was great! Very professional and you can definitely tell he knows what he’s talking about. They provided a quote in a timely manner booked us in for the tree pruning within a few days afterwards. The job was done quickly, professionally and the crew was friendly and polite. They cleaned up everything once the work was completed. Highly recommend!
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Safe, fast, personable team - did a great job with tree trimming and removal! Note: the removal of a tree was not on the original scope and they still made it happen!
By the end of the day, I wouldn’t have even known they were there.
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Very Happy with the professional advice and service we received from Vista which was promptly done. The follow-up to ensure we were happy with the work was appreciated.
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Highly recommend! Michal came by first to take a look at things and provide the estimate. He’s obviously passionate about what he does and I learned a ton about my tree that I had no idea about! He gave me the confidence I needed to schedule the work. James and the “J-Crew” arrived on the scheduled day and were super friendly. The team did an amazing job with trimming my large overgrown maple and a fantastic cleanup job. My yard looked better than before they arrived. Will definitely have them back for future maintenance! Thanks Vista!
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Great service from a great crew of people! The team was amazing from consulting on best ways to tackle the project, safely removing the trees and making sure the job was done to satisfaction. Would highly recommend and definitely use them again.
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These guys are incredibly professional and by far the best arborist that have visited our home. And we've had many!

What impressed me the most was throughout their only concern was safety for my family and our property. With that and that only in mind they made all the cuts and changes that were required. When they left, I felt the most relief I felt about the trees in our backyard in a long time.

Truly appreciate your hard work and will highly recommend you in the future!
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After doing a fair bit of research into Toronto-based arborists, we decided to go with Vista, and are very happy we did! From my first meeting with Mike when he came to give us a free quote, I was impressed with his knowledge and professionalism. Mike and his crew were punctual on the day they came to prune the deadwood from our very large Red Oak tree, answered my questions, and worked for 7 hours straight to get the job done. We were impressed from beginning to end, and wouldn’t hesitate to hire them again!
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These guys are the best! Very professional, easy to work with and very nice people.
James was amazing in communication and and arranging everything. He is a wonderful person and professional. I had 4 different companies for the quotes and Vista Tree were the best by every criteria I had in mind. After the work was done they cleaned the whole territory even the mess that was here before them. I would definitely recommend them and will call them again when I need any tree work done. Thanks!

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