Pruning Services by Boston Horticultural

  • If you care about your trees and shrubs,
  • If you see your landscape as an investment,


In life, you don't often get the best product for the cheapest price. Fine pruning is no different in this regard. If you spend the bare minimum, the odds are high that you are not getting your trees and shrubs pruned be a qualified, experienced arborist.

Pruning versus Trimming

Trimming Pruning
Easily Learned         Requires Training
Mechanical Artistic
Geometric Spacial
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Formal Natural

What is Pruning?

Pruning involves the selective removal of parts of a plant, such as branches, buds, or roots.


Reasons to prune include:

  • deadwood removal
  • shaping (by controlling or directing growth)
  • improving or maintaining health
  • improving or maintaining ornamental value
  • reducing risk from falling branches
  • preparing for transplanting
  • increasing the yield or quality of flowers and fruits


Pruning entails targeted removal of diseased, damaged, dead, non-productive, structurally unsound, or otherwise unwanted tissue from crop and landscape plants. 

What is Trimming?

Trimming involves maintaining plants according to a uniform design. This is generally done annually or twice a year, depending on the plants in question.  In trimming shrubs or hedges, the object is maintenance of a particular shape and form, whereas pruning focuses on development of tree or shrub structure. Tree trimming, properly speaking, is generally only performed by utility companies in right-of-way maintenance.

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