Tree Surgery Across the Seasons

Trees can be one of the simplest and most obvious indicators as to which season we’re currently in. From the pink blossoming of spring to the barren branches of winter, trees change a lot to suit the weather. While they’re the same trees at their core, it does somewhat change the kinds of jobs we have to do as tree surgeons. Let’s explore how trees change through the seasons, and the impact this has on our work.


In winter months, trees tend to lie dormant. They stop growing to conserve energy, and shed their leaves to be left with just bark and branches. This makes it much easier to see any problems that might have been hidden beneath – which, alongside wildlife being much less active, is why winter is a great season for tree surgery. Their dormancy makes for the perfect time for tree pruning, while the lack of leaves makes it easy to spot potential disease and decay. As a result, the season is ideal for tree removal services.


At springtime, trees start to blossom again as they receive more sunlight and begin expanding their roots beneath the soil. Ideally, significant tree works shouldn’t be performed in the Spring, or it might result in them becoming more vulnerable to disease. However, emergency works will obviously be carried out if needed. Aside from this, early Spring is an ideal time to plant new trees, while existing ones might benefit from a new bed of mulch.


In the summer, we tend to spend more time outside in the warm weather. As a result, people end up looking at their trees more, and spotting potential issues – which in turn leads to the season being tree surgeons’ busiest. The summer tends to be a dryer season, which makes it important to ensure a tree is getting enough water.

While it is species-dependent, many will benefit from trimming in the early summer, once their blooming is over, and others will benefit from routine trimming to remove dead or diseased wood. Summer overall is a great season to assess the overall health of your trees, and is the perfect opportunity to have an expert look them over.


As the season shifts to autumn, the trees start to receive less sunlight and their leaves turn a characteristic yellow and brown. Across this period, they prepare for the dormancy they will experience through the winter, having already lost nutrients from the dry summer weather. As a result, autumn is the perfect time to apply more fertiliser and promote further growth. Likewise, autumn is a good time to prune trees, which also helps with growth, while relieving stress and improving their overall health.

There are many more nuances to how trees function across different seasons and weather – not to mention the differences between species. If you have any questions about your trees, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re here to help, no matter the season.