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What’s the Best Time of Year to Prune Trees in Dallas?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 @ 02:09 PM  posted by admin

Your trees can be pruned any time during the year. Plants, on the other hand, respond differently to pruning, depending on the time of the year. The best time to prune trees, plants or shrubs, may depend on the speed of growth. If a tree’s branches are crowding, it may be time to prune. This knowledge comes from experience—the kind you can expect from a professional arborist.

Deciduous Trees

Deciduous trees (trees that shed leaves) and shrubs respond well to winter pruning. They’re dormant (without leaves), and pruning helps them grow much more vigorously during spring. However, pruning deciduous trees in the summer may cause slower growth during spring months. Summer pruning may actually reduce the number of leaves that tree’s use to produce and store food.

Pruning trees and shrubs in late spring is safe because growth doesn’t speed up or slow down. Spring is an excellent time to remove water sprouts and suckers.  A water sprout is a bud that grows beneath the bark of a stem or branch. Suckers are odd branches that grow from the tree’s base or roots. A professional arborist knows how to pluck water sprouts so they won’t resprout. Improper cutting can leave a stub with buds.

Evergreen Trees and Shrubs

Pruning evergreen shrubs and trees during the winter or summer months doesn’t effect an evergreen’s rate of growth. These trees store food in their leaves and needles. Thus, twigs and branches can be pruned anytime of year with virtually the same results.

Pine Trees

Pruning pine trees can be a tricky process. Cutting a branch tip may prevent the  branch from putting out new growth. Pines can be safely pruned during May or June. Pruning pine trees during winter may least likely attract pine pitch borers.

Knowing when to prune might be a little challenging for most people. However, at Wauson Tree Service, our business is knowing! With over 50 years of providing professional tree service to Dallas residents, we’ve gained lots of knowledge and experience. We’re I.S.A certified, and our prices are affordable.

Contact us today for all your tree pruning needs, including:

  • Tree and stump removal
  • Tree cabling and tree bracing
  • Fertilization

Call Wauson Tree Service today at 214-450-8720, or email at Walt [at] wausontreeservice [dot] com.