Do you know your it's time to maintain your trees, but don't quite know where to start? Let us lend a hand. When your trees need a little T.L.C. remember these tips to keep your landscape in fighting shape. Trimming vs PruningBelieve it or not, there's actually a difference between trimming and pruning trees. While trimming is carried out just to manipulate the shape and design of greenery, pruning is the strategic removal of branches, buds, or roots to make sure that the plant remains healthy and continues to grow in the homeowner's desired shape.Alright, so now we know trimming is just shaping trees, shrubs, and bushes. That being said, it doesn't need to be done too often. Depending on the type of plant, you should be trimming around once or twice a year. Definitely trim your trees in the summer months so your yard is mother-in-law ready in time for The Fourth.On the other hand, pruning is best left to a Tree Care Professional in late winter. But, it's best to wait until you can put your parka in storage before you call a professional. Waiting to prune until after the coldest weather passes will make sure that your trees are full of new growth in the spring.Mulch: Your New BestieThe best thing for a newly planted tree is mulch. Yes. The smell leaves a lot to be desired, but mulch is the secret to tree care. Why mulch? It acts like insulation (that pink stuff all over your attic) by blocking heat and cold from reaching a new tree's fragile root system. These fragile roots also need water. And lots of it. Mulch retains water like a sponge and keeps the roots hydrated. When mulch and and a newly planted tree are hanging out, guess who's not there. Weeds. Mulch keeps pesky weeds from choking out your baby tree.Now that you're acquainted with your new best friend, let's get it all laid out. Thankfully, mulch can be added quickly and easily. Here's how:Get rid of grass surrounding the base of the tree. The radius needing to be removed usually ranges from 3-10 feet, so be sure you know how much is necessary for your tree's size.Now that you have a bare circle of dirt around your new cute little tree, spread your choice of natural mulch (wood chips or bark pieces) over the entirety of the circle, 2-4 inches deep.Be sure to keep the mulch from touching the tree's trunk. And that's it!Keeping HydratedJust like a newborn, newly planted trees need extra care. Right after planting, a tree should be watered. During the first two years, deep watering is extremely beneficial. Remember your new friend? Yeah, this is where mulch comes in. It is important to keep the soil moist and ensure that the water goes down deep enough so that all roots remain hydrated.Letting The Pros Take OverPruning, removing dead wood, and trimming trees is sometimes best left to the pros. With LendingTree Home Pros, finding a Tree Care Professional is easy. All of the companies you can choose from are licensed and insured to protect those working on your trees (and your wallet).Tree removal is definitely one of the tree care services that should only be done in the hands of a seasoned professional. Remember, for the sake of Mother Earth and high oxygen emissions, tree removal should be a last resort. But, if taking out a tree is in the cards, be sure to abide by all city and county regulations. You'll be glad you did.Need More Help?If you need professional help with your project, LendingTree Home Pros can help.The good news is that LendingTree Home Pros maintains a directory of home service professionals and can match you with a home pro in your area. All the home pros listed in the LendingTree Home Pros directory are properly licensed and insured and are backed by a $10,000 money-back guarantee!Let LendingTree Home Pros help you find a pro today!