Learn About The Right Time To Trim Trees
When To Trim Trees
First off, we would like to share a tree trimming rule that applies across the board. Do not wait to trim or removal dead, dying, or diseased tree limbs. The right season is as quick as possible. Dead, dying, or diseased tree branches or limbs need to be removed as soon as possible regardless of the type of tree it is.
* Some of these examples and seasons will include shrubs and plants.
Deciduous Shade Trees
Many wonder when it is best to prune or trim their large shade trees on their property. The answer is very simple. You should trim/prune your deciduous shade trees in the winter while they are dormant. Some of the benefits with pruning these types of trees during this time of year are that you will easily be able to see the branch or tree structure (helps you prune the right branches), the new cuts will not be at risk to active bugs because they are also dormant during the winter, and it will be easier to clean up because the branches will not have leafs on them. Below is a basic list of some of the deciduous trees that should be pruned in the winter.
Deciduous Fruit Trees
Many people have fruit trees and ask when is the best time to prune them. We first recommend using our professional fruit tree services in Peachtree City but if they are insistent on pruning their fruit trees themselves we advice them as follows.
The best time to prune a deciduous fruit tree is in the middle of the winter. Why? Because the tree is not active. At this time you will remove some of the flower buds but the end goal is not to make sure the tree has the highest amount of flower buds but it is to make sure the tree itself is sufficiently open and able to capture enough light for a better fruit crop. Another reason that it is absolutely critical to prune during the middle of the winter is so that the new cuts do not allow insects and bacteria to infest the tree and damage it. Below is a list of deciduous fruit trees that are ideal to prune in the middle of winter.
- Plum Trees
- Apple Trees (This also includes crabapple trees)
Early Spring Flower Plants and Shrubs
The rule of thumb that winter pruning and trimming is the best time of the year is generally true but not among all trees and or shrubs. When it comes to early spring bloomers, which means shrubs and trees that bloom early in the spring, it is not good to prune them in the winter. Why? Because the flowers or blooms happen on branches/wood that is from the previous year. That means if those branches from the year before are pruned in the winter they will have been cut off before they had the chance to bloom. Here is a list of some of the early spring bloomers.
- Flowering Crabapple
Early Spring and or Winter Pruning
This list is of the types of trees and shrubs that can be trimmed during the winter or early spring. These trees and shrubs will be trimmed or pruned while they are dormant.
- Flowering Dogwood
- Golden Rain Tree
- Crape Myrtle
- Bradford Pear
Tree Pruning Guide
We found a fun and easy animated guide to pruning trees on Arborday.org. It was created as part of a supported project. It was supported by the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program. We hope you find it useful and informative.