Tree trimming and tree pruning, is there even a difference? Absolutely. It’s entirely understandable that someone who’s not familiar with arboriculture thinks these two are the same. Nevertheless, there is an entirely different set of reasons why an arborist would do one over the other.

Follow this blog as an introductory course to understanding tree services and why there is much more than meets the eye. After this article, you’ll understand the differences between tree trimming and tree pruning and be made aware of why it’s important to have both tasks completed regularly. 


What Is Tree Trimming?

Tree trimming is the method of removing and clipping the branches of trees, bushes and hedges. Traditionally, trimming is usually just done for trees, but it can relate to any kind of plant as the results are very similar. 

If tree branch growth goes overboard, there can be parts of the tree that are blocked from sunlight. Now, sunlight, of course, is an important part of overall tree growth and health. Occluding the tree’s source of energy can have detrimental effects that may lead to malnutrition and potentially death. This is where qualified Auckland arborists can come in and save the day. 

Expertly trimming the trees in different structures and directions will give the tree optimal exposure to light. There are also different methods of tree trimming that help solve different issues with trees.

Please read “What Are The Different Tree Trimming Types” for more information. 


What Is Tree Pruning?

Tree pruning is quite different to tree trimming – yet they both benefit the tree when they’re carried out. Pruning is usually carried out when there are dead or decaying branches that are potentially hazardous to the tree’s health. The spreading of disease is just as common in plants as it is in humans. Having these branches removed can cut the spread and increase the longevity of your tree.

Moreover, tree pruning is commonly used to increase the overall aesthetic of the tree. Pruning allows for sculpting of the tree, a way of emphasising beautiful shape, but the main objective of this method is to increase health.  

Much more than just cutting random areas of the tree, a knowledgeable arborist will be aware of the key signs of disease and decay. This is why you should enquire about the services of an experienced arborist that can make these judgements effectively. 

Please read “Why Tree Pruning Is Important” for more information. 

Can I Prune and Trim My Own Trees?

Can you prune or trim your own trees? Yes. Should you? We don’t recommend it. As mentioned previously, carrying out these tasks requires a keen eye for detail and an extensive knowledge of trees. A1 Sure Services has a team of highly-trained arborists, state-of-the-art equipment, and competitive prices to ensure that your tree woes are resolved to a high standard.  

Regarding timings, it’s key to be aware of the best times for trimming and pruning. For trees that flower, it’s important that this level of care is conducted after the blooming cycle. For example, Winter and Spring are ideal periods to prune or trim if the tree blooms for Summer.

For more information on seasonal care of trees, please read “Preparing For Spring – Tree Cutting In Auckland”.


What Happens If I Ignore Tree Trimming and Tree Pruning?

We do not advise ignoring tree trimming or tree pruning. Ignoring tree trimming will lead to the occlusion of sunlight and ultimately deprive the tree of crucial nutrients. This will lead to poor health and potential death. A1 Sure Service’s expert tree services can ensure that your trees stay as healthy as possible and thrive on your property.  

In addition, a lack of tree pruning will undoubtedly allow the spread of decay and disease throughout the tree. 


A1 Sure Services

A1 Sure Services, no job is too big or too small. As a family-run business with over 20 years of arborist experience, we provide high-quality and affordable tree care services to residential and commercial clients, Auckland-Wide. 

We have public liability cover of up to $2,000,000, providing you with total peace of mind. 

Our services include tree removal, tree felling, land clearing, tree trimming, tree pruning, stump grinding, stump removal and emergency tree services. We also offer a free on-site inspection typically within 48 hours of enquiry and highly competitive pricing every single time. 

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation, on-site inspection. Request a quote here.