While you might have heard of tree pruning, it’s quite possible that you have always thought it was an alternate term for tree trimming. So, what is the difference between tree pruning and tree trimming?
Tree pruning is one of the most common services performed by any landscaping company and is done to maintain or even increase the overall health of your trees. Trimming is mostly centered around the style and shape to give your yard the boost in look you’ve been searching for. Pruning is a service best left to professionals as they can identify and remove the correct limbs without causing damage to the tree.
Know Trees has been providing this service for many years at the hands of our certified arborists who are otherwise known as tree surgeons.
Tree pruning as you now know is one of the most common service provided by landscapers, but what are the benefits of tree pruning? Before we can answer this question, we need to really understand the process of pruning as it requires multiple steps. Pruning is defined as the removal of certain parts of a plant such as branches, buds, or roots. As for trees we are mostly targeting specific branches.
Throughout the lifetime of a tree some branches will become diseased or simply die off causing decay. These branches are a danger in multiple ways as it reduces the strength of the branch leaving it prone to falling or possibly infecting the rest of the tree through the spread of disease. By targeting these specific branches, it can help to increase the overall health and strength of the tree for many years to come. It can also be performed to affect the growth and structure of the tree. A certified arborist can prune trees in a very specific way in order to influence the growth to cause a certain configuration of limbs that boost the sturdiness by a large margin. This reduces the risk of falling branches and severe damage in the case of storms or other environmental occurrences.
All pruning should be performed during the end of fall and beginning of winter as trees like other plant life go dormant through the season. This reduces stress on the tree as it is a living organism and allows for very minimal amounts of sap to be lost. Insects and fungus are also very unlikely to cause any damage to the tree as they are dormant throughout the winter as well.
Pruning can be dangerous work especially if you have no experience with it. For your safety we recommend you call a professional for the job if your unfamiliar with the process. A trained arborist is your best option for high quality results without room for errors.
Now that we have covered the topic of pruning, we can now explain tree trimming and how this process differs from its counterpart. Tree trimming is done to ensure your trees not only look great, but also keep them from growing to close to a plethora of dangerous areas.
Below is a list of some of the thing’s trees need to be trimmed away from to ensure safety:
• Obstructing the vision of fellow drivers or pedestrians
• Cause a threat to you home from falling branches
• Allows access of smaller animals to crawl onto your roof
• Branches grow to close to power lines creating a fire hazard. Your local utility company needs to handle this job as powerlines are incredibly dangerous
• Branches that can fall onto the road or sidewalk
These are the main things to keep a look out for to ensure the safety of everyone. Trimming can also be done to increase the amount of light that gets through the tree providing your landscape and home with more natural lighting. So now you might be wondering, how often do trees need to be trimmed? Unlike tree pruning, which is done during winter annually, trimming is done twice a year. However, this can depend on what species of tree you have as they can require different times of maintenance. For instance, flowering trees should be done in winter while they are dormant and spring when they are budding.
If you are unsure of the best option for your situation, a certified arborist can evaluate and setup a routine plan for your landscape to provide the best outcome possible.
If your looking for a company that can handle professional pruning, simply search for tree pruning near me. This will give you plenty of options to choose from. Or give us a call and we can give you more information on what will work best for your needs.