Spring tree trimming and pruning is like spring cleaning for your garden and yard. It removes old and dead branches from trees. It helps make the tree grow more vibrant and healthy during the year. It also helps in improving the aesthetic appeal of your yard and house. However, it is important to prune a tree correctly. At, Chippers Tree Service, we always follow certain rules for effective spring trimming. These spring tree trimming tips will help you improve your yard appeal.
Don’t Trim All Trees
The type of tree and season determines the right kind of tree pruning. We usually recommend light pruning during any month. However, anything more than removing dead wood can potentially kill your tree if it is done in the wrong season. For instance, we always wait till the coldest winter months to take down branches broken during winter storms.
Spring pruning is recommended for trees that tend to bloom after midsummer. We do not recommend pruning a tree more than removing dead branches if it blooms during spring, winter, or early fall. You could be chopping off new growth. You could also end up thinning out the tree reducing its overall strength and shape.
Use the Proper Tree Pruning Technique
Spring pruning calls for special techniques. You don’t want to trim too much that you end up killing the tree. You also don’t want to trim too little that your tree doesn’t look like you want it to. We recommend calling in the experts if you are confused about the best way to prune your tree. You could end up hollowing the trunk or even causing rot and decay.
Follow these techniques for the best spring pruning:
- Remove branches that rub together
- Remove all dead or dying branches
- Prune limbs that are growing towards the center
- Remove all narrow V-shaped angles
- Do not leave stubs in trunk or branches
- Always cut close to a branch, trunk or bud
You can always get in touch with us if you have doubts. We can help you maintain your tree so that it matures fully into a beautiful specimen with the right pruning techniques.
Follow the 10% Rule
At Chippers Tree Service, we follow a general rule of thumb. We never remove more than 10% of a tree’s branches. Pruning tends to limit a tree’s bloom potential during the season. It can leave cuts that make them vulnerable to disease and infestation. We like to do everything possible to limit damage.
These spring tree trimming tips are meant to keep your tree safe. Your goal for spring pruning should be to remove branches with safety and to prune minimally for aesthetics. We usually remove dead, decaying, or dying branches to keep the property safe. We also remove or cut branches to give shape to the tree.