Tree trimming and pruning – frequently asked questions

Tree Trimming

Q: Tree Pruning or Tree Trimming? – What is the Difference?

A While it might seem like these two services are similar, there are important differences between tree trimming or tree pruning.

Tree trimming is the act of trimming trees’ growth. Tree trimming promotes healthier growth and helps to keep your trees under control. Tree trimming can include canopy reduction, canopy lifting, or canopy thinning. This is all done in the hope that the plant will look better.

Tree pruning does not only involve tree maintenance. You are basically giving your plant the full care package. It is possible to remove or cut back branches that are hazardous or in the way. You can also remove dead, damaged, or diseased trees branches as part of tree pruning.

Q: When is the Best Time to Trim and Prune Trees

A: Any tree branch that is damaged or diseased can be removed at any time during the year. It is best to prune your tree branches as soon as possible. However, maintenance trimming should be done after the spring growth has begun. This could cause your plant to grow slower. Different trees have different trimming times. Dormant is the best time to prune.

Q: Who is Responsible to Trimming the Trees?

A: The responsibility for trimming trees varies by city and is dependent on the tree’s location relative to your property. Find out who is responsible for trimming trees and what rules apply to pruning them.

Q: Can I Prune Trees Very Near Powerlines Myself or Trim Them?

A: It is not advisable to attempt to trim trees within four meters of a power line. Only licensed arborists should attempt to prune trees within four metres of live power lines.

Q: Who Should I Contact if Power Lines Are Near or on My Property I Find Trees Close?

A: Call your local council or your power company. They will help you to contact an arborist who will evaluate the trees and give you next steps.

Q: is It Ok to Prune or Trim a Protected Tree Inside or Around My Property?

A: Each council has its own regulations regarding trimming or pruning of protected trees. After the tree is assessed by an arborist, and determined to pose a danger to the property or persons, it can be cut or trimmed. Professional arborists may be required depending on the nature of the job.

Q: When is Tree Removal Advised

A: In some cases, tree cutting can be more beneficial than tree trimming. You might remove your tree if it is unhealthy or growing in a way that is dangerous to people or property.

Q: Who Should You Call for Tree Trimming and Pruning?

A: Always consult an expert, also known as an arborist. Arborists are available to help with tree trimming and pruning. They have the experience, equipment, and insurance required to trim, maintain, or remove trees.