Trimming and pruning are essential maintenance services you should get for your plants. Trimming is like a haircut for your plants and is for creating a neat and manicured look. Pruning, on the other hand, is all about health. Pruning is done to remove any dead or diseased branches to prevent them from spreading to the rest of your plants.

While each of these services provides its own benefits, you need both of them to keep your plants in their absolute best condition. Continue reading to learn more about these services and why your plants need both of them to keep them looking good and healthy.

Enhance the aesthetics of your plants by trimming them.

Professional trimming shrubs in landscape bed in Westfield, NJ.

Over time, your plants will start to grow too much and they can start to become unkempt and messy looking. The answer to keeping their aesthetic appeal is to trim them as necessary. Trimming is the process of cutting away overgrown branches on trees and shrubs, achieving a clean and manicured look. This process not only improves the aesthetics of your plants but also improves your overall curb appeal.

Because trimming is a cosmetic service, you can trim plants any time of the year. However, it's vital to trim in fall and spring when they have the most energy to grow back. Besides focusing on the appearance of your trees and shrubs, trimming also encourages growth as it opens up the plant's interior. This way, the lower parts of the plant will have increased exposure to the sun and improved air circulation.

What is pruning, and how is it different from trimming?

Professional pruning plant in landscape bed in Plainfield, NJ.

While trimming focuses on your plants' aesthetic appeal, pruning aims to maintain the health and vigor of your plants by removing dead and weak plant parts such as branches, flowers, and buds. Whether your plants are infested by insects or diseases, pruning the affected and suffering limbs will prevent the infection from spreading to the rest of the plant.

Pruning is also different from trimming as there are only certain times of the year when you can prune. Correct timing when pruning lets your plants experience the maximum benefits of the process and allows them to recover appropriately. To determine the right time for pruning, you must first assess your plants. Here are standard pruning guidelines you should know about:

  • Prune summer-blooming shrubs in late winter or early spring.
  • Shrubs that bloom in spring should be pruned after they flower.
  • Prune hedges at least twice a year to keep their manicured look and maintain their crisp edges.

It's best to hire professionals who can properly assess your plants and determine when they should be pruned.

You'll want to schedule both trimming and pruning services throughout the year.

Now that the differences between trimming and pruning are clearly defined, you might be wondering which service you should schedule. Trimming will only improve your plants' appearance, but they may become weak over time. However, if you only prune them, you still end up with an unruly landscape no one wants to look at. By trimming and pruning, you get healthy and beautiful plants at the same time.

Give us a call today to schedule our trimming and pruning service.

Do you feel that your landscape plants are starting to look messy? Or are they experiencing stress from disease and insect infestation? If so, our professionals can help by trimming and pruning them! We are equipped with more than enough knowledge to know when your plants should be trimmed and pruned. If your property is located in Westfield, Watchung, Warren, NJ or a nearby area, call us today at (833) 452-9666 to schedule our trimming and pruning service.