Tree Pruning and Trimming Services in Vancouver, WA

Image of a person making a pruning cut using hand shears on a tree with no leaves as part of our tree trimming service.Frontier Tree has 40 years of professional tree service experience. You can depend upon our skilled and expert tree trimming and pruning services. We take the job of tree care very seriously and prune according to the needs of the tree and the client.

Frontier’s knowledgeable and professional crews will keep your trees vital, attractive, and productive. We know when to correctly prune different species of trees, and we won’t over-prune. Typically no more than 25% of a tree’s canopy should be removed at one time, or less for more mature trees. You can rely on our expert advice to guide you to the best care for your trees.

Tree Trimming & Pruning Services We Offer:



We thin trees to reduce excess weight on the end of branches and to enhance their ability to withstand storms. This is particularly important for large Pacific Northwest trees. Wind can catch on dense-foliage branches, exerting pressure upon them like wind catching a sail. Large branches can potentially break during high winds and storms due to these high pressures. Thinning allows the wind to pass through the foliage. Tree pruning to thin the tree crown also allows light to penetrate the canopy and reach the inner, lower leaves, as well as plants growing beneath the tree. Thinning also increases air circulation throughout the canopy, which helps to discourage diseases such as powdery mildew and leaf rusts and enhances the ability of its leaves to take in carbon dioxide.

Tree Hazard Pruning

Reducing the weight on the end of branches also enhances their ability to withstand storms. Often it is this excess weight that can cause branches to break. Tree hazard pruning also diverts trees from the path of utility lines and clears obstructed views for drivers.


If a tree hasn’t received any professional care for some time, it could be in need of some clean up. Our crew will come in and remove dead, dying, and diseased branches. We also remove or reduce any limbs with reduced vigor or weak attachments. Frontier Tree also assesses your tree for structural integrity and will remove any branches that cross through the center of the tree or compete with another branch. Following these principles will ensure a nice, open canopy and reduce the potential for diseases and storm damage.


We prune to remove the lower branches of the tree for clearance. This allows for more space for pedestrians or vehicles to pass by, increased air circulation, and more room for shady plants to grow underneath.


Sometimes trees need to be reduced in size. Bad pruning techniques such as “topping” can seek to address the same need but to the great detriment of the health and beauty of the tree. Reduction instead seeks to reduce the size of the tree without compromising tree health by reducing main leading branches back to lower side branches. This technique is needed when the tree has become too big for the space or clearance is needed for power lines or views. When properly executed, reduction will not leave ugly stubs on your branches like topping does.

Most people have a variety of trees on their property, all of which may require different methods of pruning. We will only recommend those that benefit your tree’s health.

Fine Pruning of Specimen Trees

Fine pruning is a type of pruning done to specific ornamental trees to create a more natural and balanced shape. The pruning cuts made during fine pruning are generally smaller and done with hand pruners over time. Smaller branches are removed as opposed to larger branches. Japanese Maples are commonly fine pruned as well as some Dogwoods, Magnolias, Stewartias, smaller fruit trees, and some evergreens. It is important to keep up with the fine pruning of ornamental trees in the landscape so they reap the full benefit over time.

Hedge Trimming 

Hedges can create privacy for homeowners as well as a sound barrier. There are a variety of hedges used in the Pacific Northwest landscape such as Laurels, Boxwoods, Arborvitae, Leyland, and False Cypress. We have experience pruning hedges down to the proper size and keeping them aesthetically pleasing. There are proper selections and techniques for keeping hedges in the landscape looking healthy. If you have multiple hedges throughout your property, our team is able to maintain them with ease.

The Benefits of Regular Tree Pruning Services:

  • Protects your investment in your trees and property.
  • Reduces the potential of hazards.
  • Reduces the possibilities of storm damage.
  • Keeps your trees healthy and free of dead branches and leaves.

When planting a new tree or moving to a new property, it’s important to have a plan for pruning trees. Frontier Tree Service can help you develop a tree pruning plan that fit your budget and will keep your trees healthy and beautiful.

For a free quote on Tree Trimming or any of our other comprehensive tree care services, use our contact form or call us at (360) 574-4125.

*Frontier Tree Service, formerly known as Sunshine Tree Service, has been serving Vancouver, Portland, and Clark County since 1980. In 2010 Sunshine Tree Service became a part of the Frontier Landscaping Team. Frontier Landscaping proudly offers full-service landscaping and maintenance for residential and commercial clients. We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured.