If you have deciduous trees in your yard, you likely want to ensure they are healthy and growing well year-round. Tree trimming is crucial to maintaining a healthy tree, but finding the best time to do so can be challenging. Here are some tips for when and how to trim your deciduous trees.
Timing is Key
You should prune deciduous trees in the late winter or early spring before they start growing and producing leaves. This is because the sap is still dormant, and the tree won’t bleed as much when you cut a branch.
Trimming your tree during summer, fall, or winter could cause severe damage to the plant because of high temperatures and humidity levels, which increase plant stress.
Summer Tree Trimming
The best time to prune deciduous trees is in the fall, when their leaves have fallen and before they begin to grow again. This gives them time to recover before winter sets in and lets you see your work.
Summer pruning can cause stress on the tree and make it more susceptible to disease or insect attack.
If you’re going to trim your trees, you’ll want to ensure they are healthy by having plenty of foliage. You don’t want to remove too many branches at once, or the tree will be weakened and vulnerable to disease and insect infestations. Here are a few pieces of advice to stand by when tree trimming, such as:
- don’t prune during the summer.
- don’t prune during a storm.
- don’t prune when there is a lot of wind.
- don’t prune when a lot of rain or snow is coming down because this could damage the branches and leaves you just trimmed, making them more susceptible to disease or insect infestation later in the year.
Deciduous Trees Require Proper Pruning for Optimal Health
The best time of year to prune deciduous trees is in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. This is when they are dormant, and their buds are not yet active, so you won’t risk damaging them.
Deciduous trees require proper pruning for optimal health and growth. If you don’t remove dead or diseased branches, they can spread disease throughout the tree; if you don’t cut back branches that are growing in the wrong direction, it may lead to poor growth patterns on other parts of your tree; finally, if you don’t do some basic trimming every year (or every few years), then over time your plant will grow unevenly.
Tree Trimming Services at SB Tree Service
Deciduous trees are a beautiful part of any landscape and can be a great source of shade. However, they do require proper pruning for optimal health and growth. Contact our ISA-certified arborist to get a plan together to take appropriate care of your trees before it’s too late.