Why Lion’s Tailing is Not Good for Your Trees

What is Lion’s Tailing?

Lion’s tailing is an improper pruning practice which removes a tree’s lower branches. This practice is often performed for aesthetic reasons. For example, a homeowner might desire the front of their house to have greater visibility from the street.

An example of trees that have been lion's tailed.

While Lion’s tailing might increase your home’s curb appeal, the practice will put your tree at risk. A tree’s lower branches are integral to its ability to sustain strong winds in a storm. When the lower branches are removed, the risk of branch failure increases. Moreover, Lion’s tailing removes a large quantity of leaves. Leaves are a necessary part of a tree’s energy production. Drastically reducing a tree’s canopy will only do harm to a tree.

Lion’s Tailing Does Not Conform to ANSI Health and Safety Standards

An arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) will not Lion’s tail your trees. Lion’s tailing does not conform to ANSI health and safety standards for tree care. To avoid improper pruning practices it is highly recommended that you consult an ISA certified arborist for all your tree care needs.

Tree Shepherds’ Standard of Care

Tree Shepherds has nine ISA certified arborists on staff. They are not just consultants and managers. They are working in the trees, handling chainsaws and pruning equipment.

“Our crews work hard every single day to deliver the highest quality work,” Tami Geer, Quality Control

Quality tree care is important to all the arborists at Tree Shepherds. “‘We Care for your Trees’ is not just a slogan.’ We want to show it through all our interactions,” says Tami Geer, Quality Control manager at Tree Shepherds. “Our goal is to provide the highest quality tree care possible for our customers.”

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Krista White

Krista is a member of the marketing and education team at Tree Shepherds. A lifelong learner, she loves writing about anything from Hemingway to Quercus macrocarpa.