tree pruning


You might have heard the terms “tree trimming” and “tree pruning” used as synonyms. They are not the same thing, however. Let’s take a closer look.

Tree pruning is a process of cutting parts or branches off the tree to promote better health and growth. Tree pruning:

  • Makes the tree healthier
  • Promotes better growth
  • Creates a nicer appearance
  • Allows more sunlight
  • Removes safety hazards

Trimming, meanwhile, is really more about hedges, shrubs and bushes. It’s a great way to keep the shrubbery and vegetation looking good, showing guests, neighbours and your family that you take pride in your home or business.


Why would we cut parts of a tree? In short, tree pruning is all about “addition by subtraction.” Here are the top 5 benefits of tree pruning:

Health: When we prune trees or other vegetation, we are promoting healthy tree growth by cutting off branches that are dead, dying or infected.

Growth: Tree pruning is both a proactive way of bolstering the growth capacity of the tree, as well as a remedy when parts or branches of a tree are showing signs of infection.

Appearance / Shape: A tree might be growing off-kilter, so pruning is a good way to restore a sense of balance or a better shape.

Let the sun shine: Pruning a tree allows sun to reach the areas beneath the tree; if the tree has overbrown branches, you might notice too much shade below and nearby.

Hazard: If you have a tree that is growing too close to a power line or building, it’s time to prune the tree by cutting the branches near the safety hazard.

a man pruning a tree with hedge trimmers


Trimming Or Pruning?

Here’s a handy guide to help you remember which one is which – tree pruning or trimming

Cutting back branches to remove dead / infected parts TREE PRUNING
Promoting long-term growth with “addition by subtraction” TREE PRUNING
Cutting tree branches for better appearance or safety TREE PRUNING
Tree is diseased and you think it may need to be removed TRIMMING
Cutting hedges for a nicer look TRIMMING
Decorating your Christmas Tree TRIMMING

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