While there is never a bad time to remove damaged, dead, or diseased tree branches, most trees benefit from pruning in mid or late winter. There are several reasons why this is so:
- The trees are in dormancy, which makes pruning perfect which then encourages new growth as soon as warm weather sets in
- The deciduous plants have already shaded their leaves in autumn, which makes it easy to cut off the branches
- In winter, both deciduous and evergreen plants have less sap flowing through them, and when pruned, the bleeding won’t harm the tree since the sap flow will stop as soon as the leaves begin to grow back.
Does this apply to trees?
No, flowering trees are an exception when it comes to winter pruning. Flowering trees are classified under the early blooming trees and the late-blooming trees.
- Early blooming trees
These bloom in early spring; pruning them in winter will prevent them from blooming, so the best time to prune is after the trees bloom.
- Late-blooming trees
On the other hand, late-blooming trees bloom in late spring to early summer, so these trees should be pruned in early spring.
Another exception is evergreen trees; they are never truly dormant, meaning the winter pruning rule doesn’t apply to them, so the best time to prune them is right after the growing season.
Remember, tree pruning is essential for the health of your trees, safety concerns, and your family, plus you get better-looking trees that enhance the beauty of your landscape.
Now that you’ve known why and when you should prune your trees, don’t you think it’s time to contact tree services for tree trimming and pruning?
Thought so too!
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