spring tree trimming tips


Are you already noticing the first signs of spring in your yard? Spring tree trimming is an integral part of sprucing up your yard for the coming year. You want everything looking cheerful for summer with your trees dressed in their best foliage.

Before you go searching for ‘tree trimming service near me’ take a look at the following tips that helps us get the job done.

Tree Pruning In Spring

As a rule trees are not pruned during spring. This is because pruning is easier done during winters when the trees are leafless. Most trees have a dormant growth cycle during winters when deep pruning does not harm it. However, there can be a few exceptions to this rule.

  1. Safety – You need to remove broken and overgrown limbs regardless of the season. These can be a hazard to your property and people.
  2. Shape – We see many homeowners delay having a tree trimming specialist on their property, resulting in overgrown and messy foliage. You would need to have these trimmed back immediately by at least ten percent. We recommend ten percent since anything more and you could limit the buds and leaves this season.
  3. Young trees – If you have a young tree or are planting a new one, you would need to prune it. We always remove damaged and dead branches before planting the tree. But, you can do it afterwards as well. Just make sure the tree is not lopsided once you are done.

There are certain species of trees that are easier to prune in late spring or early summer. For instance, walnuts, birch trees, and maples ooze sap if you try pruning them during winter. This can attract pests and diseases. These trees have all their leaves during spring and sap should no longer be a problem.

Always hold off pruning if the above situations do not apply to your trees and yard. Spring pruning can leave your trees vulnerable to diseases and pests. It will also reduce flowering and leafing.

Feel free to give us a call and we will be more than happy to help you with the best times to prune back excess twigs and lend shape to your trees.

Tips for Proper Tree Pruning

There are certain techniques we recommend regardless of the season you are pruning your trees.

  • Start by removing dead and dying branches
  • Remove all limbs that rub against each other
  • Trim limbs growing towards the center of the tree
  • Remove all V-shaped angles
  • Always cut close to the branch, bud, or trunk
  • Never leave stubs

Improper pruning can cause rot, decay, or weak and hollowed trunks. Enlist the help of a spring tree trimming expert when in doubt.