Pruning is essential to trees. But when is the right time to prune a tree? It is a concern for many property owners. Whether you need to remove the deadwood, get rid of possible branch hazards, or help new growth, you will need an arborist for proper tree trimming.
Pruning in the winter is also advantageous since it can stop the spread of disease. However, it is also important to prune trees after the coldest weather has passed since new cuts can dry quickly during a very cold spell. Pruning in the dead winter means that most woody plants are dormant. Since the leaves have already fallen, it makes it easier to see and prune trees.
Some species may bleed such as Walnuts, Birches and Maple when the sap begins to flow. Also, if the tree is already stressed from disease or drought or was not healthy enough before, better not do any major pruning or just wait until the tree is about to leaf to do some minor pruning.
Pruning in the early spring has an advantage. Most prune fruit trees in the spring to encourage new growth and maintain shape. Also, trees that can be pruned in the fall can be pruned in the spring.
Pruning during the tree’s dormancy is a natural practice. This means that the proper time to prune your trees is when the leaves have fallen and before the trees leaf is growing in spring. It is easier to prune when the branches can be seen clearly.
When done correctly during dormancy will result in a robust burst of new growth in the spring and is perfect for fast-growing trees such as Linden, Silver Maple, Willow and Dogwood.