There are many reasons to prune your trees, such as to get rid of dead branches or to improve the overall structure. Pruning is also a good way to repair natural storm damage and encourage new growth. No matter what reasons you have, it is important to use the right pruning method to maintain the integrity of your trees.
When Should You Prune?
There is no right or wrong time to prune your trees, but the reason for pruning is the best way to determine when is best. If you just want to get rid of dead branches, light trimming can be completed at any time during the year. For other types of issues, the seasons may have an effect on your schedule. With cold weather seasons arriving in a few weeks, Five Star Tree Services has a few suggestions in regard to dormant season pruning that you may find helpful.
Fall Tree Pruning
The most common time to prune mature trees is during the dormant season. This is typically in the fall after the leaves have already fallen off and before new leaves sprout in the spring. It is also easier to shape your trees into a specific form when the shape of the branches is not obscured by leaves. When you trim your trees during the dormant fall season it will help them grow more vigorously in the spring.
Winter Tree Pruning
One reason to prune your trees in the winter is to keep any sort of disease from spreading. For example, Oak Wilt disease can easily kill a tree in the warmer seasons. But winter trimming will help prevent the disease inflicting beetle from being attracted to the overgrown tree. Avoid cutting during the coldest months as they can become dried out and end up weaker as a result.
Spring Tree Pruning
Some species respond very well to springtime pruning. These are commonly fruit-bearing trees that will grow more with careful trimming. Spring pruning is also a great way to ensure that a tree maintains an attractive shape as is grows.
Summer Tree Pruning
Summer trimming is most helpful when there are visible dead branches on the tree. Some species also respond better to summer pruning such as the Cedar tree.
Special pruning after a storm is not related with any season. If a tree suffers damage during a storm, it is critical to treat the damage as soon as possible. Preliminary treatment can prevent further damage to the tree and keep surrounding structures safe from harm. In some cases, a quick trim can save a damaged tree if caught early.
How We Can Help
It is critical to know how and when to start pruning on your property. Incorrectly trimmed trees can suffer damage that may even be fatal. Personal safety is also a concern when dealing with sharp tools and high locations. The professionals here at Five Star Tree Services are always happy to help maintain your trees and prune them on a regular schedule to keep everything safe from harm. For more information about our tree pruning services, give us a call at (416) 990-3355.