Best Times To Trim Your Trees? 3 Tips For Healthier Trees

The lush foliage of a healthy tree is a beautiful sight to see and one that homeowners naturally want to continue to enjoy on their properties. There are, however, many factors for these homeowners to consider when their goal is promoting the growth and health of their trees, including when to engage in trimming and shaping activities. Homeowners who need some help in deciding when to have their trees trimmed can refer to this basic guide to help them protect the health and appearance of their trees. 

1. Winter to late winter 

Many types of trees respond best to trimming and shaping procedures that are done in winter when the sap levels are low, and the tree is deep into its seasonal state of dormancy. This rule, however, is limited to trees that do not bloom or those that bloom during the summer instead of early spring. 

Trees that do bloom in early spring, such as redbud, dogwood, and some types of fruit trees should not undergo non-emergency trimming until after the full blooming period has occurred and the withered blossoms have dropped. 

2. Fall or late fall 

While winter is generally the safest time to handle general tree trimming for the majority of tree species, homes located in areas that are prone to either hurricanes or ices storms will want to attend to this earlier. Mid- or late fall trimming schedules are suggested in these areas. 

Limbs that appear to be damaged or those that have died or become diseased will be more apt to receive severe damage from the high winds and torrential rains associated with hurricanes and tropical storms or the weight and stress of ice from an ice storm. By taking the proactive step of removing damaged or weakened limbs just before the highest risk times for hurricanes and ice storms, homeowners can better protect the future health of these trees. 

3. Immediate trimming 

There are some instances in which trees should undergo trimming or other treatment without waiting for the recommended time or season. This includes trees that have been damaged by lightning, those that have become infested with insects, or those that pose a risk of falling over or dropping limbs on homes or other structures. 

To learn more about the specific trimming needs your trees will require, take time to contact a tree trimming service like Big Tree Nursery and ask them to inspect your trees and offer advice on a good trimming schedule.