Tree Pruning: How is it Different than Trimming?

You may have heard the phrases tree pruning and tree trimming used interchangeably, but this is incorrect. Both of these annual treatments are important parts of landscaping. However, the phrase “trimming” is usually reserved for hedges and shrubs while pruning is applied to trees and shrubs. Tree pruning is mostly used to safeguard the tree while trimming is often used to encourage the right growth.

Tree pruning involves the removal of infected, dead, or loose branches to ensure proper growth. You can also use pruning to achieve a certain tree aesthetic or shape. Sometimes those with fruit trees opt to prune the higher branches and leave only the lower so that fruit is easier to reach. In the world of tree services, it’s common to hear both tree pruning and tree trimming, but when it comes down to technicalities different equipment is used for each service.

What You Need to Know about Tree Pruning

The most common tool for tree pruning is shears. There are two types: hand shears and lopping shears. Hand shears are typically used to remove leaves and buds. Lopping shears have a long handle and can cut thicker branches. When branches are so thick that lopping shears won’t work, special landscaping saws can do the job. Lastly, shaping hedges requires a hedge trimmer which can either be gas or electric powered.

Using the wrong tools can be time consuming and dangerous. However, if you’re a property owner and thinking about taking care of tree pruning yourself, you’ll be in for a surprise at the cost of the different tools you’ll need. From ladders to quality shears, a DIY tree pruning approach isn’t a cost-effective solution. You can save a lot of time and money by trusting tree pruning professionals with your needs.

Getting Ready for Tree Pruning Season

Tree pruning is usually performed once per year. However, this is dependent on the tree and your location. The exact time of the pruning will also depend on numerous factors. For example, if you have a flowering tree, tree pruning services should be done right after the blooming cycle (often in late spring). However, there are summer flowering trees, and if that’s the case spring or winter are the perfect seasons for pruning them.

It’s not unusual for property owners to be uncertain of the exact species of trees on their properties and that’s okay—that’s what professional tree pruners are for. A lot of people fall in love with the trees on a property but aren’t sure how to take care of them. If you want to maximize tree health, growth, flowering, and harvest, it’s always best to work with a tree pruner for the best results. It’s an annual task that might look easy, but actually requires intensive manpower and vast knowledge about the trees in the area. If you’d like to know more about tree pruning or to schedule a consultation or appointment, connect with Timber Ridge Tree Service today.