If you love to garden, you know that there’s a right time for every task, from pruning to harvesting.
Certain flowers and plants thrive during different seasons, so you carefully select different things to plant depending on the time of year. You know that it takes a few weeks for compost to reach its optimal state, so you’re careful to never go into your bin before it’s ready.
You know everything there is to know about your flowers and succulents, but the trees in your yard are a mystery. You know when to plant vegetables, but you don’t know the best time to trim trees. Don’t worry, we’re here to help!
The best time to trim trees
Trimming trees requires time and patience.
If you trim a tree too early you could end up cutting a branch before it’s ready. If you wait too long your tree could be exhausted from having to maintain dead or dying branches and leaves.
Trees may not come with alarms that let you know when it’s time to care for them, but we have the next best thing. If you follow these tips, you’ll know the best time to trim trees.
Dead or damaged limbs always need pruning
Timing is important when it comes to trimming branches. But if you suspect that there’s damage to your tree, don’t wait to take care of it.
Dead or diseased limbs can put a lot of strain on a tree. A fungus or infection can spread fast if it isn’t taken care of when it’s noticed. Dead or damaged tree limbs pose a safety hazard if they break off, and have the ability to damage property.
It’s also important to look for tree damage after storms. Strong winds and heavy rains could harm your tree. Either way, as soon as you suspect that there’s an issue, don’t hesitate to take care of it.
Trim before blooms
If you’re a springtime planter and want to get your garden in order, you’re going to want to take care of your trees before they start to bloom.
The best time to trim trees in the spring is before your trees start to bud and bloom. If you wait too long you could end up accidentally cutting off healthy flowers or interrupting their growth.
Do a little research
Every tree is different, and certain species have different needs.
There is no right time for every single tree to get a trim. Some may need trimming the most in the springtime, others may need it in the fall, and there are a few that may need very little maintenance.
If you want to know what the best time to trim is, do a little online research. Google your tree type and see what experts say are the best times for trimming. If you don’t know the species, there are a number of online tools that can help you figure it out.
When in doubt, wait for the end of fall
If you aren’t sure what the best time to trim trees is, your best bet is to wait until the late fall or winter months to make your cuts.
During the late fall and winter months, trees are dormant and no longer growing. If you wait until then to trim you won’t have to worry about accidentally cutting off viable branches and blooms.
Now that you know the best times to trim, it’s time to set up your trimming appointment.Contact us today so we can talk about how we can care for your trees.