Glossary of Tree Service Terms


An arborist is a tree professional who practices the cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other woody plants.

Crane Service:

Crane service is the use of cranes to remove large, severely damaged, hazardous, or unstable trees.

Crown Cleaning:

Crown cleaning is the removal of dead, dying, diseased, deformed, and damaged branches from trees.

Crown Raising:

Crown raising is the removal of lower branches from a tree to increase visibility, reduce hazards near sidewalks, and provide clearance.

Crown Reduction:

Crown reduction is the process of shortening long limbs and cutting the tips of branches on a tree that has grown too large for its permitted space.

Crown Thinning:

Crown thinning is the removal of unnecessary branches and live growth in a tree to admit more natural light, reduce weight, and decrease wind resistance.


Deadwood is branches or parts of trees that are dead.


Dieback is when a tree begins to die from the tip of its leaves or roots back to the base because of disease.

Emergency Storm Work:

Emergency storm work is the removal of damaging trees or large limbs that have fallen due to severe weather.

Hazard Reduction Pruning:

Hazard reduction pruning is the removal of visibly hazardous branches and limbs in a tree.

Stump Grinding:

Stump grinding is the most efficient and effective method for the removal of tree stumps on a property.

Tree Pruning:

Tree pruning is the selective removal of parts of a tree, such as branches, limbs, or roots.

Tree Removal:

Tree removal is the actual removal of a tree by digging up or cutting down.

Tree Trimming:

Tree trimming is the maintenance of a tree by cutting back branches to keep them healthy and prevent them from causing damage.

Vista Pruning:

Vista pruning is the selective pruning of branches and limbs to allow a specific view, usually by creating view windows through the tree’s crown.

Young Tree Pruning:

Young tree pruning is the process of trimming the branches and limbs of a young tree to ensure that it develops a strong structure and desirable form.