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Why book a pruning service through Airtasker?

Pruning plants is vital to maintaining a plant’s health. Unfortunately, it can take a lot of time and skill to learn how to prune your plants properly. And that’s where local plant trimming services come in.

Save time by booking a pruning service through our platform. Instead of posting on social media or inquiring through various websites, you can put up one task on Airtasker and get dozens of offers in minutes! Then, you’ll be able to check Tasker ratings and reviews before you book. This way, you can hire a pruning specialist with confidence!

By working with an experienced gardener, you won’t be putting your plants at risk of a failed DIY pruning experiment. You can also save money by booking a pruning service on Airtasker. Our platform lets you specify your budget and even note the size of the project. Taskers can tailor fit their rates to your needs! Ready to book a pruning service near you? Hit the “Post a task” button to get started!

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Top Pruning related questions

Start by cleaning your shears with water and a brush. Dry off the shears, then use sandpaper to remove any traces of rust. Next, file the shears using a diamond hand file. Make sure to hold the blades away from your body and use single smooth strokes. Finally, remove the burrs (thin metal folds) that have formed, then apply lubricant. You can also book a local sharpening specialist to do all this for you! 

Start by removing any rust from the shears. You can do this by soaking the shears overnight in white vinegar. Then, mix warm water with dish soap or bathroom cleaner and scrub the dirt away using steel wool or a wire brush. You can also dismantle the shears to clean them thoroughly. Then, rinse the shears and dry them with a towel. 

Some pruning basics include: 

  • Never prune in late summer or fall 

  • Remove around 1/3 of the plant’s growth 

  • Cut just above a branch or bud 

  • Don’t cut flush with the bark or branch 

  • Don’t do stub cuts 

  • Prune regularly 

The rules of pruning may vary from case to case, and there are many guidelines to consider. If you aren’t 100% sure about what you’re doing, it’s best to leave your plants to an experienced pruning specialist.

If done correctly, pruning helps and does not harm trees. This is because proper pruning can help a tree’s structural integrity and lessen the risk of falling branches. But beware of over-pruning your trees, as this can stress, damage, and eventually kill your plant or tree. You can avoid risks like these by getting an experienced pruning specialist to work on your plants. 

The ideal time to prune trees can vary. It’s usually best to prune your trees and shrubs during the late autumn or winter months. Plants are typically dormant during this period, making them less prone to pests and disease. However, some shrubs and trees may also need to be pruned in the summer. You can check with a local pruning specialist if it’s the right time of year to prune back excess growth. 

Some Taskers may be skilled in both pruning and weeding tasks. If you need someone who can do both, please specify this detail in your task post. Then, you may confirm with a Tasker whether they have the necessary skills and tools. Alternatively, you may create a separate request for weeding services near you.

What do pruning services include?

An experienced pruning specialist can handle cutting your trees, shrubs, hedges, and other plants. Pruning (or cutting away dead or overgrown branches and stems) improves a plant’s health and appearance. 

If it’s your first time getting a Tasker to prune your plants, here’s a rundown of what they may do when they get to work on your garden: 

Removing debris and old growth 

The Tasker will usually check the plant for dead wood or flowers and remove those bits. They’ll keep the young growth intact. They may also remove old branches if there are new ones below them. 


Afterward, a Tasker can take away your pile of garden waste and dispose of it properly. Do you suddenly need a tool that neither you nor your Tasker has? In which case, you can book delivery service to get that set of secateurs or long-reach pruners for your last-minute gardening needs. 

Deciding on a shape for the plants 

The Tasker will typically assess if a plant needs to be pruned to a certain shape (if the plant is new), or if they need to trim it back to follow a certain look. For example, pyramid shapes allow for plenty of light, great for apple and pear trees. 


You can also discuss how you’d like your shrubs or trees to look with your Tasker! Your specialist will then try to achieve your vision for your garden or yard.    

Pruning the plants 

When pruning plants and trees, the Tasker needs to make good, clean cuts that finish at a point of growth. They’ll get rid of unproductive wood and make sure to encourage the growth of new shoots that will result in lots of fruits and flowers. 


The pruning process may vary depending on the type of plant: 

  • Plants may be pruned back by around 1/3 of their current growth. If it’s a flowering plant, the specialist may cut back the dead flower stems and stem tops. 

  • For hedges, the Tasker will typically follow your desired shape (e.g., a ball). Or, they may trim the sides of a hedge first, pruning the top last. The lowest parts of a hedge should be wider than the top. This structure lets the lower part of the plant get enough sunlight. 

  • As for trees, the pruning specialist may ensure the tree keeps growing laterally instead of upwards. For more complex tree trimming services, consider hiring a tree surgeon.  


Speaking of trimming back overgrown plants, did you know you can also book a lawn mowing service through Airtasker? Simply select the “Post a task” button to schedule an appointment! 

Recent Pruning tasks

Plant Watering and Pruning


Chandler, AZ 85286, USA

Aug 9th 2023

Watering plants on a weekly basis starting 23 August and weekly thereafter. $50 each time watering is done - Due date: Needs to be done on Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Help with pruning shrubs and flowers


Bigfork, MT 59911, USA

Aug 2nd 2023

There are flowering plants in the borders of the lawn that need both pruning and deadheading. - Due date: Before Friday, August 11, 2023

Pruning plants


Zebulon, NC 27597, USA

Jul 30th 2023

Need help with pruning cucumber plants - Due date: Flexible

Trimming, pruning, weeding, and feeding.


Swansea, MA 02777, USA

Jul 8th 2023

Need beds and plants in front of the house maintained. - Due date: Flexible

1 shovel, 1 36” pruner, 3 small pruners


Venice, CA 90292, USA

Jul 6th 2023

I ned the tools sharpened as described - Due date: Flexible

Sharpen pruning saw, loppers, pruning shears, scissors


Louisville, CO 80027, USA

Jun 8th 2023

I have several tools that need sharpening. I can drop them off. - Due date: Flexible

By weekly yard work prune plants pull weeds rake gravel


Harrisville, UT 84414, USA

Jun 1st 2023

Prune tulips irrs and daffodils pull weeds adjust landscape wall. NO MOW EDGE BLOW AND GO. - Due date: Before Monday, June 19, 2023

Weeding, pruning


Anaheim, CA 92807, USA

May 20th 2023

small townhouse backyard and even smaller front yard, weeding, misc pruning and small palm tree pruning - Due date: Before Saturday, May 27, 2023

Mulching, weeding, pruning


Moon Township, PA 15108, USA

Apr 27th 2023

Mulching, trimming of ground cover weeding - Due date: Flexible

Yard cleanup, pruning, fertilizing, planting and biweekly Lawn Care


Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814, USA

Apr 17th 2023

Gardner wanted by the hour for yard cleanup, pruning, fertilizing, planting and biweekly Lawn Care - Due date: Before Friday, May 5, 2023

Monthly pruning, planting, weeding, lawn care.


Surfside Beach, SC 29575, USA

Mar 4th 2023

Help with design, planting of some flower bed area. Care and maintenance monthly. - Due date: Flexible

Pruning roses, crabgrass removal


Agoura Hills, CA 91301, USA

Jan 25th 2023

prune roses, remove crabgrass - Due date: Flexible

Skilled gardener to prune feed clean up plants on hillside


Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA

Dec 9th 2022

yard looks bad. plants need shaping. walking stones need resetting in place. soil needs amending plants need fertilizing. need someone with a good eye and knowledge - Due date: Flexible

Water and prune a few outdoor plants


Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, USA

Sep 18th 2022

I need someone to water and mist a few of my pants on my patio. I want them to come every other day starting on September 24 and ending on October 2nd. - Due date: Flexible

Gardening; caring for our landscape by planting, pruning, and weeding


Kansas City, MO 64113, USA

Sep 6th 2022

We like more planning, attention and care for our yard landscape by helping with seasonal planting, pruning, and weeding to help improve the beauty of our yard. - Due date: Flexible

Prune bushes, Mow lawn, We’d flowerbeds


North Haven, CT 06473, USA

Jun 19th 2022

Prune and trim bushes - five or six Evergreen, three rhododendron, eight rose of Sharon Weed and update six or so flowerbeds Mow lawn - less than 1/4 acre Weed berry patch and plant new - Due date: Flexible

Pruning, perennial maintenance


Atlanta, GA 30327, USA

Jun 6th 2022

Small perennial pollinator garden needs professional help - pruining, cutting back…garden maintenance - Due date: Before Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Pruning two large jasmine plants


Miami, FL 33178, USA

May 22nd 2022

prune two jasmine plants - Due date: Flexible

Azaleas pruned and weeds pulled out of ground over beds


Atlanta, GA, USA

May 3rd 2022

3 rows of azaleas 3 areas of ground cover (Ivy or periwinkle) Green ware bin on site. - Due date: Before Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Overgrown Muscadine Vine Clean up and Pruning


Conyers, GA 30013, USA

Apr 29th 2022

Ckean up overgrown muscadine vine and prune to start regrowth - Due date: Flexible