Tree Trimming and Tree Pruning: How Do They Differ?
Mature and growing trees abound in almost every neighborhood across the country. If the proper tree care procedures are not regularly observed by homeowners, trees could cause serious iHampton Roadsury to their property and the trees themselves could end up in poor form and health. Most of these trees may need some tree trimming and some may require serious tree pruning. But what really is the difference between these two?
Many homeowners, even some tree services contractors just use these two terms interchangeably. Strictly speaking however, tree trimming and tree pruning are actually different, albeit closely related, processes.
You may think of tree trimming as tree “grooming” or shaping it according to a design you have in mind. You are more focused on the outer perimeter of the tree, removing most of the new growth of leaves or small branches on the tree’s external portion. Tree pruning on the other hand, is thinning out a tree to remove diseased limbs and dead branches. It usually involves cutting off of selected branches back to the new growth, to the larger branch, or to the main trunk itself.
Simply put, tree trimming is more of a procedure done for aesthetic purposes, while tree pruning is done primarily for safety and health purposes. Pruning for safety reasons is when you cut off branches that could fall on a person or on a part of your home or property. Pruning a tree to maintain its health typically includes removing insect-infested or decayed branches and thinning out the crown for better air passage. You can also prune a tree to promote fruit production in fruit-bearing trees, and stimulate blooming in flowering trees.
The ultimate decision on whether a tree needs trimming or pruning would be dependent on the type of tree you have and the problems you may have with it. For more tree care tips, consult with a tree trimming or pruning contractor.