Why Should I Trim My Trees?

by Sep 30, 2021General, Safety, Tree Maintenance0 comments

When most people think about professional tree service companies, they probably think about one service in particular: REMOVAL.

And removal is certainly a big part of what we do. After all, the typical homeowner isn’t trained to handle many of the tougher jobs that we are trained and equipped to do safely and effectively.

However, while tree removal is definitely something we are very good at and represents a large part of our business, it is certainly not the only thing a good tree service company does. And believe it or not, many times when we arrive at a job for an estimate on tree removal, we actually recommend tree CARE as an alternative to removal. (If you look carefully at our name you’ll notice it’s Precision Tree Care & Removal. Care comes before removal!)

What do we mean by tree care? Think about it like health care. We all have to take care of our health. We want to be healthy, not sick. So we engage in all sorts of health care every day – from exercise, to a healthy and balanced diet, to vitamins and supplements. A tree is similar. It is a living thing, and there is much we can do to help the tree be as healthy as possible by using preventative measures against weakness, sickness, disease, and death.

No matter how much we take care of ourselves, though, from time to time we all get sick. When we get sick we are going to need treatment. That treatment can vary from just getting some well-needed rest, to taking routine medicine, all the way to needing to see a healthcare professional such as a doctor, physician, or specialist.

Again, this is similar to trees. When a tree gets sick, our first reaction might be to have it removed. After all, we don’t want it dropping limbs or falling which could pose a threat to life or property. But with some “health care” in the way of trimming or pruning, we may be able to bring the tree back to full health.

Here are some reasons to TRIM or PRUNE instead of REMOVE:


  • Removing dead, damaged, or diseased branches can help prevent decay, insects or other harmful organisms from entering the tree.
  • Sun and air are good for your trees! You can increase air flow and sunlight exposure by thinning a very dense canopy of foliage or vegetation.
  • All the food and water to be distributed to maximize health by removing suckers, water spouts, or other damaged areas.
  • Sometimes if the branches are too thick or crowded they can rub against one another, causing damage. By trimming crossing branches you can alleviate or prevent such damage.


  • Maintain a safe distance and clearance from your home, structure, walkway or driveway.
  • Trim overhanging branches that may weaken and fall over time. (These are often referred to as “widow makers”)
  • By having the tree correctly pruned, the result will be a strong tree structure which will help prevent future damage.

Maintain Natural Tree Form

  • Trees can be like teenagers and go through awkward growth phases. The result can be an awkward or misshapen tree. Early removal of these vigorous branches maintains a natural tree form.

Stimulate or Restrict Growth

  • It may seem obvious that trimming can restrict growth where too much growth is undesirable.
  • Interestingly, the opposite is also true. By trimming a tree correctly, it can stimulate growth in sparse areas of the tree.

As you can see, there is much more to a professional tree service than simply cutting down trees! Schedule a health check up today and see if your trees could benefit from trimming or pruning.

Looking for the #1 tree service in the Live Oak, FL area? You can trust Precision Tree Care and Removal to show up! Give us a call today: (386) 688-5173 or fill out our service contact form or book your appointment online.