The warm, sunny days of spring and summer are behind us, and cooler days are here. Seeing the beautiful leaves from summer change color and fall off the trees is great because the fall and winter are the best times for tree trimming and shrub pruning. You may have heard this before, and wondered why, so we will discuss why late fall and winter are the best times of the year for trimming and pruning.
What Makes Fall and Winter the Best Times For Tree Trimming and Pruning
As everyone knows, trees lose their leaves in the winter, revealing all of the branches previously hidden under the leaves. Seeing all of the beautiful, colorful leaves fall off might make some people sad, but bare branches do make the task of diagnosing issues and trimming trees much easier. The bare canopies of the trees make the tree structure much easier to seen and we can more easily remove the dead branches.
The frozen, snow-covered ground also helps arborists by allowing us to reach areas near the tree and/or shrub that are normally inaccessible, especially with regards to equipment. As much as we love leaves in the spring and early summer, having them out of the way makes our trimming and pruning easier.
Promoting Tree and Shrub Health
Trees and shrubs are dormant during winter, which halts growth until the next spring. This inactivity means that wounds from trimming and pruning during late fall and winter will heal more quickly since the tree is expending no energy on new growth.
Another reason that fall and winter are the best times for tree trimming and shrub pruning is that disease and damage from insects are less likely. Trimming and pruning during the late spring and summer can expose the trees and shrubs to diseases. When decay occurs, insects are attracted to the tree and cause more damage. Knowing the species of trees, shrubs, insects, and diseases in your area can be very helpful, and a certified arborist can advise you of the best practices for your area and your specific trees. Trimming and pruning in late winter when insects are the least active will keep your trees and shrubs healthy.
Special Tree Trimming and Pruning Concerns
Though late fall and winter through early spring is generally the best time to trim trees, some exceptions do apply.
As we have mentioned before, flowering trees should be pruned after they have flowered. This practice allows for the most blooms in the following year. More blooms lead to better aesthetic appeal and also aid in pollination.
If a tree is damaged and at risk of falling or losing branches, a delay in action may lead to injury or property damage. Knowing what to look for is important. Here is a short list of issues to look out for that could a need for tree trimming and pruning ANY time of year.
- Weak, damaged, broken, or diseased branches and shrubs.
- Branches and shrubs hanging over or making contact with power lines, roofs, sheds, or other structures.
- Trees that lean at dangerous angles.
Contact Stein Tree for Quality Tree Trimming and Shrub Pruning Services
The fall and winter make for the best times for tree trimming and shrub pruning, but whenever you need professional tree care, you can count on a certified, experienced arborist from Stein Tree Service. Since 1983, Stein Tree Services has been providing the residents of Delaware and Pennsylvania with tree services including regular tree trimming, tree removal, and emergency services. For a free consultation, contact us today.