Best Time for Tree Trimming
Lush and healthy trees and shrubs are indispensable to the beauty and serenity of our backyard and gardens. Wondering when is the best time to trim your trees and shrubs? Well; that relies heavily on the species, and intend for trimming. This fact in itself isn’t new in tree husbandry. If you purpose to get rid of decaying branches or hazardous tree parts, then trimming is to be done pronto. Nonetheless, you shouldn’t disregard the overall health of the tree or shrub.
Again, trimming or pruning is species-specific. Typically, winter months are ideal because trees are dormant then. On the other hand, fall is a no-no for trimming. Why? Though most people prefer the convenience of fall months, most disease-causing fungi are airborne causing much havoc to your plants. But, here I am going to give you a snapshot of a general guideline to choosing the right time for trimming your trees.
Well-trimmed trees and shrubs yield more fruits and flowers. That is why good tree husbandry calls for judicious trimming to keep diseases and pests at bay. Pruning during dormancy periods is dead right on the spot. Why? Getting rid of excess branches during cold months gives your trees a boost of energy and resources for favorable spring time. Nonetheless, it’s necessary to wait out for coldest days of winter to pass.
Winter-trimming is also convenient for you. It not only offers you better visibility of the branches but also gives you a reason to experience the outdoors. Cold-season pruning isn’t ideal for all plants. So which plants and shrubs are suitable for winter trimming?
Shrubs like beauty berries, Camellias, Mallow, Abelia, Barberries, and Hydrangeas respond well to winter trimming.
It’s also acceptable for trees such as Poplar, Junipers, Sumacs, Crabapples, Plums, Cypress, Cherries and much more.
While winter-pruning is ideal for most plants, some trees and shrubs are better trimmed in summer (or even fall). Those that “ooze” sap following winter-trimming call for summer pruning. Although “bleeding” sap isn’t harmful to the tree, they can be messy particularly to parked vehicles. Trees like Birches, Maples, Walnuts, Dogwood, and Elms are commonly trimmed in summer.
Trimming to Enhance Flowering
Trimming is inarguably good for blooming. If you intend to improve flowering in your plants, ill-timed pruning isn’t going to cut it. For one, plants that blossom in spring should be trimmed when flowers begin to disappear. For trees that bloom during summer, prune in early spring or during winter.
Remember that decay-causing agents spread aggressively during fall. That way, trim “wounds” tend to heal longer. In all, winter-trimming is highly recommended by experts. Contact Us