Best Time For Tree Pruning
There isn’t a specific day or month to prune your tree. What is specific is the weather and season. The rule among tree care services is that the colder it is, the better time it is to prune a tree. So, this means that during the winter or coldest months, the trees are more prepared to be pruned. By pruning your trees in the winter, you prune them in their dormant phase. In tree care terms, this means that the trees aren’t as active and won’t be hurt as much when they are pruned. Whenever it is spring time, the trees are awake and active, so pruning them can cause serious harm to them.
Pruning trees in the spring can cause harm for a few different reasons. The most important reason is that since the trees are in their most active phase, pruning them will hurt them more than if they were dormant. The tree will not be able to repair itself as effectively since it is already in its most active phase, so the injuries given to the tree by pruning it cannot be healed as well. This can cause some serious health problems for the tree.
By pruning it in the winter, you are putting less stress on the tree since it is dormant, and you also allow it to repair itself in the spring once it wakes up. This whole process does make sense, and is easy to remember. All you need to know is that the colder it is, the better it is to prune the trees.
So, if you are planning to prune your trees yourself, be sure to use clean, rust free tools. Whenever you are cutting the branches, don’t cut off more than 25% of the branch, period. Cutting off too much of a branch can expose the tree’s inners. But, if you feel like pruning is too much for you, don’t sweat it. Just give us a call, and we can get out and prune your tree without you having to work on it at all.
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