Tree Trimming: What You Need to Know


Trees provide lush canopies that shade our yards and add beauty to our properties, but if not appropriately taken care of they can become a hazard. To ensure optimal health and aesthetics, regular tree trimming is a must. Of course, tree pruning is not something that should be left to DIY; instead, tree trimming professionals should be hired to keep your trees in tip-top shape. 

Before you hire your professional tree trimmers, there are a few things you should know about tree pruning – let’s dive in!

Why You Should Trim Your Trees?

Tree trimming provides a wide array of benefits. Of course, tree trimming will remove dangerous dead, diseased, and damaged branches, creating a safer space for humans and your property, and enhancing the tree’s health. Tree trimming can also promote tree growth and improve your tree’s strength; with proper pruning of weak branches, a tree can experience a jumpstart in growth. Finally, tree trimming can prevent or remove pest infestations with the removal of dead or damaged limbs. 

How Frequently Should You Trim Your Trees?

Each tree variation and property will have its own specific needs, but a general rule of thumb is to trim your trees at least once a year. Depending on any structures below your tree – like houses, streets, or parking spaces – you may need to trim your tree more frequently to fit the space and eliminate any hazards. However, keep in mind that if your tree is causing an obstruction to your neighbor or your street, you’ll need to trim your tree more immediately instead of waiting for the yearly mark. 

How to Know What Type of Pruning You Need? 

Trees can be tricky, which is why it’s impossible to prescribe a one-size-fits-all method for tree trimming or pruning. The best way to approach your tree trimming formula is by contacting a professional service for a diagnosis. Common tree trimming methods include: 

  • Tree branch and limb thinning
  • Removal of dead, diseased, and dying branches
  • Removal of mistletoe and ball moss
  • Canopy thinning to allow more light to penetrate the lower limbs
  • Tree removal for dead and dangerous trees

Oftentimes your tree removal team will recommend a combination of the above services to get your tree back to its peak of health. It’s important that you start proactively trimming your tree early on in its life, rather than waiting to retroactively correct issues. 

If you’re in the Austin area, there is only one team of tree professionals you should contact – Brents Tree Service. Our team of experts will be able to accurately diagnose any issues your trees may be experiencing and can offer the best solution for your yard. Give us a call today for a complimentary consultation!