When is the Best Time to Prune Trees?
Timing is crucial when it comes to the annual pruning of your trees. If you prune to early or too late, your trees are likely to suffer the consequences. Keep reading for more information on when is the best time to have your trees pruned
Type of Tree
When figuring out when is best to start pruning, you need to see whether your trees are deciduous or not. Deciduous trees are those that drop their leaves for part of the year and tend to reside in temperate and tropical climates all over the world.
Deciduous trees benefit the most from being pruned when they are considered ‘dormant’, which occurs in late autumn or winter. A dormant tree is one that’s growth has been temporarily stopped. Due to the colder temperatures, tree’s lay dormant to conserve energy which results in their lack of growt
h. If you prune deciduous trees in early spring or summer it is likely that they will bleed sap.
Non-deciduous trees are those such as: Walnut, Cherry, Birch, Horse Chestnut, and Maple; and require pruning at a different time of year. These trees all bleed heavily when they are pruned, so it is best to do so closer to the end of their dormant season. This allows for all new growth to mature prior to pruning.
While minor pruning can be done yourself, we strongly recommend seeking the help of an trained arborist. Especially if you are unsure of the proper technique required to prune your trees. Call Butlers today for a free, non-obligatory quote. We’re always happy to help.