Tree Trimming FAQ

What does a tree service do for tree trimming?

  • Eliminates dead limbs
  • Eliminates branches and limbs that obstruct pedestrian lanes, streets, and windows
  • Removes limbs impacted by infestation, as well as dead or diseased branches
  • Thinning to allow better sunlight exposure
  • Improve the shape of the tree

How is trimming different from pruning?

Tree trimming is mostly for hedges and shrubs with the goal to ensure they grow correctly and away from diseases. On the other hand, pruning is meant for trees and shrubs. It eliminates dead, broken, and diseased branches to improve the overall health of the tree. It is also done for aesthetic reasons to enhance the shape of the tree. 

How often should I get a tree trimming service?

It depends on the species of tree you have. But in most cases, it would be best to have it done yearly.

Why is tree trimming important?

There are a number of reasons why trimming is indispensable. The first is for aesthetic reasons. You want your tree to look its best, having the right shape and structure. The second is for safety. Dead or broken limbs can easily fall off anytime, and it can damage your property or injure your family. Lastly, it is for health purposes. Sometimes, you can still save an infected tree through trimming, which is why it is essential to consult a certified arborist about the situation of your tree. 

What is the best time of the year to trim trees?

Trim the tree in winter when it’s dormant. However, if you see any dead branches that can cause a threat, you should remove it right away. 

What are some general tips for trimming?

Plan your action. Be careful not to trim branches that are between five and ten centimeters in diameter. It is best to begin pruning in the early stages of the tree’s life to serve as training for the years to come. Avoid trimming the branch too close the branch collar because it can cause irreversible damage to the tree’s health.

What are some tips for pruning?

Crown thinning- Keep the lateral branches adequately spaced. Make sure not to trim more than one-fourth of a crown in one session. If it can’t be helped, do it in a few years’ intervals. 

Crown raising- This is important to avoid obstruction for cars and people crossing the street. Keep the live branches at two-thirds of the total height of the tree. Don’t remove too many branches, or you risk the tree from developing weak stem.

Crown reduction- Professional trimmers never recommend crown reduction because it results in a damaged tree.  

What are some tree trimming techniques?

Locate the branch collar before making your first cut. It is typically found at the base of the branch where it joins with the main trunk. Find the branch ridge which is side by side the stem. Make the cut away from the stem, on a downward angle. Be careful not to harm the branch collar in the process. Use the same method when pruning dead and healthy branches.