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When Is the Best Time to Prune Trees?

When Is the Best Time to Prune Trees?

When is the Best Time to Prune Trees

Pruning your yard’s trees may seem like a straightforward task — just trim away the overgrown or outreaching branches whenever they become a nuisance, right? After all, what is tree pruning but a bit of cutting here and there? When you properly prune your trees, you’re actually removing specific branches or stems that will benefit the entire tree. Taking proper care of your trees, including pruning, is necessary to promote healthy tree growth and appearance. By pruning your trees, you will also:

  • Stimulate healthy tree growth

  • Encourage fruit production

  • Reduce pest infestation

  • Remove hazardous branches

  • Prevent and treat tree diseases

When to Prune Trees

The ideal time of year to prune your trees is during late winter, when the tree is in its dormant stage. By waiting until late February or early March to remove specific branches or dead and dying materials, you can ensure the wounds of the tree heal faster. This reduces the risk of disease or pest infestations and provides greater control over your pruning tasks by not having leaves block your sight. Late winter is also an ideal time for pruning because your tree will have already survived the most brutal and cold part of the winter and will be healthier in time for robust spring growth.

However, the only trees that are exceptions to the late winter pruning rule are fruit trees. Begin pruning fruit trees once you begin to notice blooms sprouting on the branches. During the winter months, the cold will likely kill several branches. After the tree has begun to bloom, you can determine which branches are now dead and need to be removed.

When to Trim Trees

When beginning to prune your yard’s decorative trees, you have two main objectives. The first is to promote tree growth, encouraging more compact growth and opening up the crown of the tree for better air circulation, and the second is to make the tree more attractive. To best prune your tree, aim for the following types of branches:

  • Branches that rub together or cross each other

  • Closely spaced branches

  • Waterspouts

  • Unattractive or awkwardly placed branches

  • Dead or broken branches

  • Branches growing at a steep angle, with a weak, narrow crotch

Before pruning your tree, make sure your sheers are sharp and clean to prevent any fungus or disease intrusion. When trimming trees and removing dead or other awkward branches, make cuts just above the collar of the tree branch, not too close to the trunk, but not so far that a stub forms. After you’ve removed specific branches, you can trim the tree for appearance, shaping it accordingly. While making these cuts, aim specifically for areas a quarter of an inch above a bud.

When You Need Your Trees Pruned, Call Dragonetti Brothers Tree Removal

For large trees, homeowners should always trust a tree trimming professional to handle any pruning to reduce safety hazards and ensure the health of the tree. When you need trees trimmed, large or small, trust the tree trimming and pruning experts at Dragonetti Brothers Tree Removal. We’re a family owned and operated company proud to offer residents and business owners throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan tree care maintenance and removal services. All our professionals are fully licensed and insured, and dedicated to providing unmatched and specialized tree services to meet your daily needs.

Call us today at 718-288-8733 to learn more about our tree care services, or complete our online contact form to request a free estimate.




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