What Is the Difference Between Tree Trimming and Pruning?

Do you have curb appeal?

If not one of the best ways to get it is to keep your yard looking its best. Taking care of the yard often involves trimming and pruning trees.

Trimming and pruning your trees will ensure that they look their best at all times and continue to be healthy. Healthy trees not only look great but they provide good shade.

If you have questions about the difference between trimming and pruning, here is a closer look at what you need to know.

Tree Trimming

Trimming is done to remove any bushes that have become overgrown. When bushes are overgrown they stop shrubs from getting moisture and light.

Trimming focuses on removing any green shoots that may be developing. Trimming is often done for aesthetic reasons since trimming a tree does improve the overall appearance of it.

Trimming is also done when branches hang over roofs or are about to get entangled in power lines. Trimming is something that is often done once per year.

Tree trimming is usually done using a hedge trimmer. It may be electrical or powered by gas.

Pruning Your Tree

Pruning your tree will protect it. It usually involves removing any branches that are unnecessary. Often roots are removed as well.

The branches and roots that are removed are usually dead or damaged and need to be removed from the tree. If you have branches that are growing in the wrong direction then pruning helps to keep unwanted growth from occurring.

Pruning is often done with lopping shears or hand shears. However, for thick branches, a saw is sometimes used.

Trimming and Pruning The Major Differences

The major difference between tree trimming and tree pruning is the tools that are used and the purpose for which each is done.

Pruning often requires the use of shears and it involves removing bud and leaves. It will also involve the removal of branches and roots.

Tree trimming on the other hand will often involve the removal of large limbs of the tree. Green shoots are removed and the tree is shaped in order to give it a more pleasant appearance.

Depending on the time of year and the maintenance you have done in the past you may find that at any given time it is better to do one instead of the other.

Take Care of Your Trees

Taking care of your trees is important for the overall health of the trees. Trimming and pruning serve different purposes and are generally done at different times of the year for different reasons.

Make sure that when you are performing each of these maintenance tasks you hire a professional service to do it for you so that you do not damage the tree.

If you would like professional help with trimming or pruning your trees, please do not hesitate to contact us.