What is the Best Season for Tree Pruning?

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When it comes to the question, “What season is best for tree tree pruning?” The answer is sometimes indirect.

Tree type will dictate when many species are able to be trimmed, along with pest population and activity, local tree and plant diseases and other plants and trees nearby.

With the assistance of a certified arborist in Wyoming, you can determine which season is optimal for pruning your trees to prepare them for success next season and every year after that.

Best Season to Prune Trees

Without any other context, WY Tree Trimming recommends tree trimming in the winter. This would be sometime from November to March in most areas. This season is optimal because trees are typically dormant, so pruning will lead to a minimal amount of harm, if any.

There are many benefits to pruning trees during the winter:

Lower chance of pest damage and disease – Pests and plant diseases are largely inactive in the winter. During the remainder of the year, anything from insects to fungus can affect a newly trimmed tree because the tree will be the most vulnerable and these issues are more common when there is warmer weather.

Easier to see the shape of the tree when there are no leaves – Leaves prevent your arborist from seeing the complete shape of your tree. When tree branches are bare, it is a lot easier to identify diseased or dead branches and branches that are touching versus those that are just close together.

Trees have time to heal before spring – By doing this major pruning during the winter, your trees will have many months to build up callus tissue on the tips of the remaining branch collar. By the spring, you’ll hardly be able to notice where the branches were cut off, and the tree will be able to focus its energy to produce new leaves, fruit or flowers instead of healing new cuts.

Less chance of harming surrounding landscape – Most of the surrounding trees and greenery will also be dormant, so there is a lower risk of them. Most of the time, a tree is surrounded by annual plants in the warmer months, but there are no plants to be disturbed during the winter since these annuals already died out.

Do All Trees Need Trimming?

Yes, all trees will benefit from routine trimming. Tree pruning each winter is good for the trees, but it is also a precaution for the safety of your landscaping and your family. Let us explain:

Trimming Makes the Tree Stronger

Dead and diseased limbs are cut off, as are stubs that are susceptible to pests and disease. Limbs that can rub against each other are also trimmed so that they don’t weaken one another or cause an open wound on the tree.

Trimming trees each winter is also a great way to get an expert’s opinion on your trees so that early signs of decay, disease and pest problems can be spotted and dealt with as soon as possible.

A Well-Maintained Tree Serves Its Purpose Better

When a tree is overgrown, it’s hard for water and nutrients to reach every branch. This can leave the tree looking weak and sick and definitely not doing what it’s meant to do.

Pruned trees, on the other hand, blossom more fruit, healthier leaves and offer better shade. They are much fuller and healthier and less likely to create landscaping issues. So regardless of why you planted a new tree, routine trimming each winter will maximize the results you desire from it.

Trees are More Beautiful After Trimming

If the curb appeal of your landscaping is important to you, tree trimming is a necessity! Trimming trees gives them an attractive, uniform shape and size. This is very important if you have a lot of similar trees on your property.

Cutting off lower branches and upper branches that grow at improper angles improves the overall beauty of the tree while also strengthening tree health.

Less Chance of Falling Branches

Tree pruning – from a professional – helps the remaining tree branches to grow healthier and stronger. Therefore, storms and high winds won’t affect your trees the way they would an unkempt tree. Your home and family will be much safer living under and around pruned trees.

Another safety issue for overgrown trees is that they can impede the view of traffic lights, road signs and driveways. Tree trimming, crown raising and other professional tree care services will keep the tree at a manageable size and stop it from blocking various views.

Call WY Tree Trimming for Tree Trimming

Hiring a professional arborist in Wyoming gives you access to their expert knowledge on tree pruning. We recommend relying on their expertise if there are trees on your property that you’d like to keep healthy for awhile.

An arborist doesn’t just look at the current situation. Instead, an experienced arborist will take the time to inspect your trees and study their unique scenario (including their location and other factors that could put them at risk of disease or infestation). After collecting all of the information, an arborist will suggest a long-term plan based on your trees’ needs and stick to that course of action until the goals for your trees are achieved.

This plan might take years to implement, but rest assured, it will result in healthy trees that you and your family can enjoy for many years to come.

This type of annual care will result in healthy tree growth, help your entire property fight off plant diseases and improve fruit or flower production from trees. It will also fortify your trees so there is not as much risk of falling trees or branches.

Being proactive about tree pruning will save you a lot of money too. Preventative care is far more cost-effective than the cost of emergency tree services, storm damage cleanup or restoring a sick tree of a disease that has spread out of hand (and one that was easily preventable).

If you care about the health of your trees and the curb appeal of your landscaping, trust a certified arborist for tree trimming and maintenance from WY Tree Trimming. Find our service area here. We work with arborists across the entire state of Wyoming. Call now!