Benefits of Pruning Trees and Shrubs

Lawn Care & Landscape


Whether your yard includes towering mature trees or you’re in a neighborhood of newly planted trees and decorative shrubs, taking care of your larger plants can have a big impact on the overall health and beauty of your landscaping. We’ll take you through a quick guide to learn more about the benefits of pruning trees and shrubs.

Removes Dead Branches

Pruning the dead branches from your trees and shrubs is one of the easiest ways to get an immediate visual impact, but it also helps the health of your plant and surrounding plant materials. Removing the dead and dying branches helps prevent the spread of decay and can prevent pests. Additionally, it lightens the load for larger branches and helps increase sun exposure and air circulation for remaining growth. By eliminating the dead material, you’re also helping the sun exposure for other nearby plants in removing unnecessary shade for existing flowers or grasses below.

Allows Room for New Growth

Paring down your tree or shrub can make room for new, healthier growth. This is especially important for young trees to help promote its natural shape and stimulate good branch structure. Depending on the type of tree or shrub, there are different recommendations on when to prune for the best boost to your new growth. The general rule of thumb is to prune summer-blooming trees and shrubs in winter or early spring. A OneNeighbor expert will be able to help you determine the best timing for your pruning schedule. 

Improves Long-Term Health of the Tree or Shrub

Proper pruning actually increases the overall long-term health for your large plants. By decreasing the number of branches on your trees and shrubs, you actually increase the amount of nutrients the plant can absorb from the soil. With existing branches eliminated, the plant relies more on the soil than on the existing branches for nutrition. If your tree or shrub is a flowering or fruit-producing plant, this also allows for healthier and more abundant flowers or fruits. 

Helps Curb Appeal

Trimming your trees and shrubs can produce attractive shapes and clean lines to keep your yard looking beautiful and well-kept. Pruning can also prevent overgrowth from being in the way of walkways and yards. From a safety perspective, tree trimming allows for removing branches that interfere with your home structure, roof line or nearby power lines. It also reduces the risk of branches being broken off in storms, minimizing the risk of injury or damage to your property. 

Taking care of your trees, shrubs and hedges is just one way to produce a beautiful lawn. Need help with your lawn care and pruning schedule? Trust your affordable home services experts at OneNeighbor. Our service professionals are educated in brush and hedge trimming and lawn care in Dallas/ Fort Worth, TX, Tampa Bay, FL, Houston, TX and Austin, TX


Author: Tiffany Harlow

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