Trimming and pruning are commonly confused with each other. It's a common mistake among property owners because both processes involve cutting away parts of a tree, shrub, or hedge. However, the difference lies in the goal of each service. Trimming is the process of cutting away overgrowth on plants to keep them looking neat while pruning aims to remove dead or diseased branches to maintain the plant's health. Keep reading to learn how trimming is different from pruning, and why your trees and shrubs need both.
Trimming Keeps Your Trees, Shrubs & Hedges Looking Pristine
Plants are beautiful, but they tend to overgrow if they are not properly cared for. Overgrown plants with unruly branches and foliage can bring down your curb appeal. Trimming involves removing excessive overgrowth on your trees, shrubs, and hedges to maintain their pristine condition.
Here are some reasons why routine trimming is beneficial:
- It will keep your plants looking well-shaped and neat.
- It will keep your plants the same size to create a uniform appearance.
- It will give your plants a much-needed haircut, and multiple stems can be trimmed at once.
Because trimming is a maintenance service, you can trim your plants whenever you feel like they are becoming unruly. However, we recommend getting professionals to do it because if it is done wrong, it can actually be detrimental to the health of your plants.
Your plants should be trimmed at a minimum of twice a year to ensure they stay looking their best.
Pruning Takes Care of Your Plant's Health
An effective way to take care of your plant's health is by pruning them. Pruning is the process of removing diseased or damaged parts of plants to keep them healthy and stop the damage from spreading. However, there's more to it. By removing these problematic areas, plants can redirect their energy to developing healthy regrowth. Pruning also:
- Trains The Plant To Grow a Certain Way: When plants are young, pruning helps them grow a certain way to achieve a specific growth goal. This aids in prolonging their life and maintaining their vigorous development.
- Promotes Quality Fruit Production: Pruning helps fruit trees produce good fruits by cutting back particular parts of the tree to allow more sunlight and oxygen to enter the tree's interior.
- Improves Safety: Diseased and damaged branches are weak and may fall at any time. Pruning them reduces the risk of these tree parts falling on your property or causing you injury.
It is best to hire professionals to trim and prune your plants.
Although there are subtle differences between trimming and pruning, both processes are best done by experts. Pruning is crucial for the health of your tree, shrub, or hedge, so it's best to call in a professional to prune your plants. If you attempt to do it yourself, you could actually end up harming your plants if you do it incorrectly. When you prune your plant at the wrong time, they become more susceptible to a range of diseases; the very thing that pruning is intended to prevent.
The same goes for trimming. If you trim too much off of your plants, you could end up harming them. Professionals know when and how to trim and prune your plants, so you can rest easy knowing that the job will get done right.
Contact our team to schedule our trimming and pruning services.
Our team at Tim's Tree Service provides professional tree trimming and pruning services to properties in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lee County, FL and surrounding communities. Call us at (239) 994-6384 today to get an estimate or to schedule our trimming and pruning services.