Seeing the trees in bloom after a harsh winter scene of bare branches can feel like a breath of fresh air. However, underneath those spring flower buds and bright green leaves, it’s important to ensure that your trees have a healthy base. Trimming or pruning your trees at the right time maintains long-term health and lays the stepping stones for a flourishing season of growth.
Here are some tips on determining when the best time is to prune or trim your trees.
When to Prune Trees
Somewhere between the warm colored changing leaves of autumn and the bright blooming blossoms of spring, your trees need trimming. The best time to trim your trees in late fall to early spring.
Your local arborist will know more about what’s best for your tree. Speak with them about pruning before buds begin to form on your trees in spring. Usually, the pruning cycle for trees averages every three to five years. However, it could vary depending on the size, type, and health of the tree.
During the cold months of the year, trees enter a latent state that halts their growth temporarily. Low temperature and inactivity make the perfect time for pruning. You can inhibit the tree’s blooming potential if you prune after new growth begins.
An arborist can also access the tree easier during the colder months due to the low temperatures making the ground hard. The lack of leaves in the winter makes it easier for them to see where they’re cutting as well.
Trimming trees late into the winter season offers various benefits over other times of the year. It helps the wounds on the tree heal quicker and prevents sap from leaking. While leaking sap isn't harmful, it will draw pests make it a meal. The cold during the winter time also reduces the risks of infestation and infection. In addition to the benefits to the tree, it's also easier to work on the ground made firm by cold temperatures and increased visibility from fallen leaves.
Cold temperatures create the perfect setting for pruning or trimming trees. While the usual pruning cycle is three to five years, it could vary based on the size, type, and health of the tree. Low temperatures halt the trees grow so trimming won't affect the springs bloom. Pruning trees in the winter time offer several benefits to the trees and the arborist.
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