For Some Trees, Late Spring Is Not Too Late For Trimming

The typical advice regarding pruning trees is to prune them in late winter or early spring, after most frosts are done but before the major flowering and fruiting begin. However, sometimes you can't get to the tree by then. Once you hit summer and especially fall, it's really too later to trim a tree unless there is a definite danger present, like a storm-damaged limb. But late spring is different. There are still windows of opportunities to trim trees then, especially if you are careful and don't go overboard.

Minimizing Trimming

Trimming in late spring, in general, should be restricted if possible to taking care of damage and disease. Aesthetic trimming needs to be minimized, but it can be done if you're careful about not cutting off healthy flowering growth. Be extremely careful with oak, ash, and linden trees, though. While trimming for safety reasons may be unavoidable, don't do any aesthetic trimming for the heck of it in late spring. You'll make the trees much more susceptible to diseases. And, if you do have to trim these trees, call a tree trimming company instead of doing it yourself.

Early Flowering

Some trees and shrubs, though, tend to flower early in spring. By late spring, all that growth is fading, so trimming is less of a problem and in fact can be helpful. Once the main blooming season is over for these plants, you can trim off the old growth and let the plant work on producing new wood for next year's blooming season in early spring.

Flower Thinning

While most fruit trees should be pruned during their dormat stages in winter, some fruit trees need a round of flower-thinning once blossoms appear. Each blossom has the potential to turn into fruit, and each new fruit needs water and nutrients. But the tree only takes in what's available, and if resources are scarce, all of the fruits that form are going to compete with each other for those resources. Thinning the blossoms removes competition, leaving the remaining blossoms to develop into larger, healthier fruits.

If you want to trim a tree now but aren't sure whether you're going to be able to do it correctly, have a tree trimming company take care of the job. Those workers know how to treat a tree so that the risk of disease transmission is minimized, and only what needs to be trimmed will go. For more information or assistance, contact companies like Robert Jefferies Logging & Tree Service.