Let’s face it, sometimes, our trees need a little help. Whether it be lopsided growth, dead branches, disease, or a dangerously growing branch, there are a few ways we can help our trees. Properly maintaining your tree helps it grow strong and stay beautiful, benefitting both your tree and your curb appeal. Trimming and pruning are two very important pieces to the tree care puzzle. Though they may seem similar, there are many differences between tree trimming and tree pruning. When done correctly, these two essential tree care services benefit the tree in many different ways. Understanding the difference between tree trimming and tree pruning will help you decide which service is right for you and right for your tree.
When we’re talking about broad measures to protect a tree, that’s tree trimming. Tree trimming is the process of removing dead or dying branches that are causing harm to the tree or are a possible danger. Trimming your tree can be an emergency service if a branch has been damaged in a storm or it could be an aesthetic choice to lift your canopy and get more use out of your lawn.
- Better Tree Health: Trimming away diseased, dying, or dead branches lets the tree send resources to other parts of the tree, encouraging healthy new growth. It also allows better air circulation through the branches and allows light to reach young, interior branches.
- A Safer Tree: A tree with dead or damaged branches can be a hazard. These branches can fall on your home, your car, or even you! Trimming away these big, hazardous branches saves you from a hefty bill or worse. It’s good to be proactive about the safety of your tree. Watch for branches that overhang your house or driveway and check for any branches that are growing close to powerlines. Make sure you always trust a professional with your tree trimming.
Benefits of tree trimming include:
Tree pruning is a much more precise service. Pruning helps promote healthy growth by removing diseased or unnecessary branches. Typically, when pruning, you use a smaller, more precise hand tool. This allows you to have more control over the overall look of your tree.
Pruning is best done in the winter. When the tree goes dormant and loses its leaves, it’s much easier to find the branches that need to be removed. Pruning your tree in the late winter encourages fast, healthy growth in the spring. The tree will have better air circulation and more space to fill in. Pruning in the winter is also a good tree disease control and pest control. The diseases and pests go dormant with the tree, so you can easily remove those diseased and infested branches without the risk of spreading the disease. Just make sure to wash your tools before using them on another tree and properly remove the diseased branches.
Common Diseases Removed by Proper Pruning Include:
- Oak wilt
- Dutch elm disease
- Fire blight
Trust the Trimming and Pruning to the Pros at PPM
The best way to help your tree is by trusting the professionals. Here at PPM, we know the difference between tree trimming and tree pruning, and we’ve heard we’re pretty good at both. Trust the trimming and pruning to the professionals at PPM Tree Service & Arbor Care.
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