Tree trimming and pruning are two different processes, but they both help keep your trees healthy. Tree trimming is the removal of small branches or twigs that hang over the property line, while pruning involves cutting out large limbs that are dead or dying. Both practices can be performed by professionals or homeowners, depending on the size of your tree and how much you want to spend on maintenance services.

Tools And Equipment Used For Tree Trimming And Pruning

While trimming and pruning are different, they use essentially the same materials including the following:

  • Pruning saws. These are used to cut small branches and limbs
  • Loppers. These long-handled tools can cut through thick branches, but they're best for smaller trees that don't need much pruning.
  • Pruning shears. These have sharp blades that make it easy to trim back small branches and leaves without damaging the plant's bark or stem tissue, which can cause disease if left untreated over time (and may lead to more expensive repairs down the road). They also come in different sizes depending on how much work you want them to do: smaller ones are good for fine detail work; larger ones can tackle bigger jobs like removing dead wood from your yard's trees and shrubs so they grow healthier than ever before!
  • Pole pruners: These hand-held devices let you reach high into the canopy of any type of tree without having access directly underneath its canopy where most other tools won't fit comfortably enough due to their awkward shape/size ratio, meaning they'll always be too big or too small depending on what kind of job needs doing at hand.

How To Trim A Tree

Tree trimming is what you do to keep a tree healthy. When you trim a tree, you're removing dead branches or damaged limbs that could pose a safety hazard or interfere with power lines. You should also remove any branches that cross over each other in an unnatural way — they can cause damage to the trunk if they rub together too much.

How To Prune A Tree

Tree pruning helps a tree grow taller and stronger. Identify damaged, diseased, or dead branches. Always make a clean cut just outside the branch collar (the swollen area where the branch meets the trunk) to promote quick healing and prevent disease. Avoid removing too much. Removing too much of the tree's canopy in a single year can stress the tree and leave it vulnerable to disease and pests.


Tree trimming and pruning are essential to maintaining healthy trees. They can help you save money on your energy bills, reduce the risk of property damage and injury, improve air quality, and even increase property value. For more information on tree trimming and pruning, contact a professional near you.