Trimming and pruning are necessary to keep your trees and shrubs healthy and attractive. Although the terms may seem interchangeable, there is a slight difference between the two.
Trimming is usually applied to shrubs and hedges as part of a larger landscaping design, providing a clean look. In addition to providing aesthetic appeal, trimming can reduce branch density which can block sunlight and moisture from reaching the surrounding landscape. For example: Tree branches that are allowed to grow too close to one another can compete for energy providing sunlight and moisture, weakening the tree and reducing it’s overall ability to thrive.
Pruning is done to help promote the health and growth ability of trees and shrubs, by removing damaged branches and old growth. For example: fruit trees need to be pruned prior to winter’s colder weather. Fruit cannot survive cold temperatures and if allowed remain it can result in stunted growth for the next year or infestation. Additionally, pruning is done if a tree or shrub has grown too tall or is interfering with power lines.