How and When Should You Trim Your Trees?

When it comes to the pruning or the trimming of trees the best time to perform this task is in the late winter months. The reason why it is best to trim trees in the late winter months is because the trees are dormant. The reason why it is best to trim trees while they are dormant is that all the leaves are off the trees so you can get a clear image of what you are cutting. This ensures you are not damaging the tree. Another reason individuals should trim trees while they are dormant is because the trees heal faster when it is dormant and therefore trees stay strong. When an individual chooses to trim trees in the winter months or when they are dormant there is minimal sap flow. Lastly, it is best to trim trees in the winter because the risk of disease or pest infestation is greatly reduced.

Pruning Guidelines And Year-Round Trimming
There are pruning guidelines for certain types of trees and there are certain aspects of trimming that could be done year-round outside of the winter months. Conifers, non-blooming trees and shrubs, and summer-blooming trees and shrubs should only be pruned in the late winter months. The only trees that can be trimmed outside of the winter months are the spring-blooming trees and their shrubs. Although it is recommended that you prune these trees as soon as possible after they bloom.  Small tree branches can be trimmed back any time of the year. Hedges and conifers can be lightly shaped up any time of the year also. Another thing that can be done at any time of the year is the removal of dead or diseased tree branches. Individuals that live in areas that have heavy hurricanes or ice storms should consider trimming their trees in the fall. The reason why is to prevent the tree from being injured in the event of a severe hurricane or ice storm.

The Steps For Trimming Small Tree Branches
The first step to pruning a small tree is to make sure that your pruning tool is clean and sharp. Before you start pruning make sure that you know all the parts of the tree so you will not trim the wrong part of the tree and possibly cause damage. So before you start pruning get familiar with the anatomy of the tree. The next step in the process will be to carefully assess the tree. When you start the pruning process you want to make sure that you cut slightly beyond the branch collar but do not cut the branch collar because it can damage the tree by doing this. This is the reason why knowing the anatomy of the tree is very important when it comes to the pruning of a tree. If you encounter a skinny tree branch you must cut this type of branch at a 45 to 60-degree angle to the bark ridge. For all the branches that are thick you must use a technique called the three cut rule. You begin cutting halfway from the bottom of the branch and then you move up a few inches past that cut and cut the top of the branch.  Then the final cut will be just past the branch collar. This is the proper way to prune a small tree that has both thin and thick branches.

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