Pruning or trimming requirements of trees will not only vary according to species, it will also depend on the purpose of pruning. If trimming is necessary because branches are dead and the tree causes a safety hazard, it can be performed at any time. Still, the overall health of the plant should always be taken into consideration before pruning issues are being addressed. It is very important to know that detrimental diseases can easily be spread if trees are trimmed at the wrong time of the year. For instance, oak trees should only be pruned in the winter months when the trees are dormant so as to prevent the spread of a common fungal disease called oak wilt.
Knowing when to trim trees will keep them healthy in the long-term while also setting them up for a season of robust growth. This New Smyrna tree trimming tip will help us get some insight.
Best time to trim trees
This should be sometime between the changing leaves in fall and flower blooms in spring. Anytime between late fall and early spring is the best time for tree trimming or pruning.
Trees enter a dormant stage in fall and winter, pausing their growth. This inactivity along with the drop in temperatures creates an ideal setting for trimming. If you prune after new growth has started, it can limit the plant’s bloom potential for the year.
Also, a harder ground in winter gives tree surgeons easy access to the tree, and the bare canopy makes it easier to see and handle the branches.
Benefits of pruning in late fall or winter
Trimming trees in the dormant season promotes current health of the tree and also sustains future tree growth.
Trimming during the dormant season is best because:
*The wounds on the tree heals faster.
*There is less risk of disease or pest infestation.
*There is less sap flowing. Although B
bleeding sap does not really hurt the tree, but it is messy and can attract pests.
*It is easier to see what you are doing while the leaves are gone.
*Even better, dormant trimming saves time and money by helping with disease management.