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Guidelines for Spring and Summertime Tree Trimming

Spring means new foliage and an ample opportunity to see what needs to be pruned on your trees.  This could mean maintenance or preventative measures. Deadwood in the trees, weight conditions, unnecessary growth and shaping your tree are all inclusive to the better health and life span of your tree.  This also helps to eliminate fugus, insects, decay and unwanted damage to home and/or property.

Is it okay to prune or trim trees throughout the year?

Yes.  However, during the Spring it is wise not to trim or prune more than 10% of the tree unless damage prevention is required.

Why prune only 10% of the tree?  By pruning only 10% of the tree foliage it helps to eliminate or prevent fungus, insects or disease. This can all be caused by excessive pruning to the tree.  What constitutes damage prevention?  Removal of any dead, dying or decaying branches to keep your property/home safe.  Minimal pruning required for aesthetics can consist of removing limbs to shape and balance the tree.

Do you have of these trees on your property?

We highly recommend careful trimming and shaping of these trees:

  • Oak trees
  • Maple trees
  • Sycamore trees
  • Birch trees
  • Elm trees
  • Locust trees
  • Pear trees

What if my tree is Blooming?

It is recommended not to prune blooming trees until the end of Spring. 

These types of trees include:

  • Apricot trees
  • Cherry trees
  • Magnolia trees
  • Lilac trees
  • Plum trees
  • Dogwood trees
  • Crabapple trees

Now let’s recap.

Spring time brings foliage and blooms to enhance the beauty and better health of your trees.  To maintain and protect them we have laid out the above guidelines to help better care for your trees.

If you have any questions regarding tree trimming, or the continued health of your trees, please contact us.  We are happy to answer all of your questions.