Difference Between Tree Trimming and Pruning

Is tree trimming and pruning the same thing? Nope.. They’re very similar, and the words are often used interchangeably; in-fact many professionals use both words to describe the same thing.

But they are in fact two different methods of caring for a tree. So if you’re looking for an arborist to care for your tree, here’s the difference, so you know what to ask for, and what to expect:

Pruning removes unnecessary or undesired branches. Simply put, it helps to keep unwanted growth in check.

Trimming helps to promote healthy growth of the tree.

Pruning is best performed after flowering.

The website trees.org.uk has a very good table showing the best times to prune for a large number of deciduous and evergreen trees.

Tree Trimming

Helps trees and shrubs to grow more healthily.

For many, trimming is considered for the benefit of making outdoor spaces more appealing.

However, from a professional point of view, the idea of trimming focuses on removing green shoots, which can help to encourage better, more healthy growth. The knock-on effect of trimming is, by nature, that it improves appearance too.

Professionals generally focus on removing green shoots, which helps encourage healthier growth overall. On top of growth, trimming also improves the appearance of the tree itself.

Tree Pruning

The removal of necessary branches and/or roots.

They may be dead, diseased, damaged or growing in the wrong direction, or getting close to property or piping, or electrical wiring.

In simple terms, pruning helps to stop unwanted growth before it becomes too much of a problem. It helps to shape and thin out a tree or shrub.

Pruning also improves the sunlight that reaches lower branches, encouraging branching and greater fruit production.

Pruning is done less frequently than trimming. Typically every 2-3 years.

Pruning is more common with ornamental trees and shrubs.

How often pruning is needed depends on the type of tree, what you want from the tree, and how fast it is growing.

Deciduous trees should generally be pruned every 2-3 years.

Evergreen trees don’t generally need to be pruned unless they have dead or decaying branches. This is because evergreens have less growth than deciduous trees.

And there you have it! That’s the difference between tree trimming and pruning.

Do you have any questions? Are you looking to hire a tree trimming or pruning professional in the Milford and New Haven County, CT area? Call Madd Beaver Tree and Stump Grinding Service: (203) 305-2584

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