Trimming and Pruning: What’s the Difference?

trimming and pruningMost homeowners use the terms tree trimming and tree pruning interchangeably. Tree service professionals, though, treat the terms differently. Yes, both involve removing branches and leaves, but you trim the tree for a different reason than you prune, and vice versa.

What Is Tree Pruning?

Tree pruning is the removal of dead, dying, or diseased branches. This is done to ensure healthy growth, and to prevent dead branches from abruptly giving way and causing injury or property damage.

Tree removal often includes large fallen branches. As a precaution, we always urge homeowners to have professionals prune these decaying branches before they collapse under their own weight. Our emergency tree service also frequently removes branches that detached due to neglected pruning.

What Is Tree Trimming?

Landscapers typically use the term “trimming” when caring for shrubs and hedges rather than trees. Tree trimming, though, essentially refers to removal of excess branches and leaves as a form of cosmetic care. Topiary—the art of cutting shrubs and small trees into animal shapes—is a form of trimming.

With trimming typically pertaining to aesthetics, one would think that the process is optional. However, trimming has many benefits. For example, it keeps the branches from growing beyond property lines or interfering with utility or power lines.

Tree Maintenance from a Professional

Homeowners may elect to pull out their shears and make small trims to the shrubs and hedges. However, leave the tree trimming and pruning to a professional. Both processes, but especially pruning, require a specific method or else you risk damaging the tree. Furthermore, for best results, we recommend trimming and pruning in accordance with the Tree Care Industry Association standards.

We Do Tree Trimming and Tree Pruning

Tree trimming and pruning is hardly a DIY process. They require commercial equipment and industry expertise knowledge. Call Pro-Cut Tree Service for tree trimming and tree pruning of a property’s trees.

Residential Tree Trimming and Pruning

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