What is the Best Season for Tree Pruning?

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When it comes to the question, “What time of year is best for tree trimming?” The answer is typically indirect.

Tree type will dictate when many species are able to be pruned, along with pest population and activity, local tree and plant diseases and other species of plants and trees in the landscape.

With the help of a certified arborist in Nevada, you will be able to decide what time of year is ideal for pruning your trees to set them up for success next season and beyond.

Best Season to Trim Trees

Without any other information, NV Tree Trimming recommends trimming trees in the winter. This ranges from November to March in Nevada. Winter is ideal because trees are typically dormant, so pruning will cause the least amount of harm, if any.

There are many benefits to pruning trees during the winter:

Less chance of insect damage and disease – Pests and plant diseases are largely inactive in the winter. Throughout the remainder of the year, anything from insects to fungus can affect a newly trimmed tree because the tree is most susceptible and these issues thrive when there is warmer weather.

Easier to see the shape of the tree when the leaves are gone – Leaves prevent your arborist from seeing the overall shape of your tree. When the branches are bare, it is much easier to identify diseased or dead limbs and branches that are touching versus those that are just close together.

Trees have time to heal before spring – By performing significant pruning during the winter, your trees have many months to build up callus tissue on the ends of the remaining branch collar. By spring, you’ll hardly be able to notice where the branches were cut off, and the tree will be able to focus its energy to produce brand new leaves, fruit or flowers instead of healing new cuts.

Less chance of damaging surrounding landscaping – Most of the nearby trees and greenery will also be dormant, so there is a lower risk of doing damage to them. Many times, a tree is surrounded by annual plants in the spring and summer, but there are no plants to be disturbed in the winter since these annuals already died out.

Do All Trees Need Trimming?

Yes, all trees will benefit from trimming. Tree pruning in the winter is good for trees, but it is also a precaution for the safety of your property and your family. Let us explain:

Trimming Makes the Tree Stronger

Dying and diseased branches are cut off, as are branch stubs that are susceptible to pests and disease. Branches that can rub one another are also pruned so they don’t weaken one another or create an open wound on the tree.

Trimming trees each year is also a good way to get an expert’s opinion on your trees so that early signs of decay, disease and pest infestations can be spotted and handled right away.

A Well-Maintained Tree Serves Its Purpose Better

When a tree becomes overgrown, it’s hard for water and nutrients to reach every limb. This can leave the tree looking scraggly and sick and definitely not doing what it’s intended to do.

Pruned trees, on the other hand, produce more fruit, healthier leaves and provide better shade. They are fuller and healthier and less likely to cause landscaping problems. So regardless of why you planted a new tree, routine trimming each winter will improve the results you desire from it.

Trees are More Attractive After Pruning

If the curb appeal of your landscaping is important to you, tree pruning is a necessity! Pruning trees gives them an attractive, uniform size and shape. This is important if you have several identical trees on your property.

Trimming lower branches and upper branches that grow at improper angles enhances the overall beauty of the tree while also strengthening tree health.

Less Chance of Dropping Branches

Tree pruning – from a professional – encourages the remaining branches to grow stronger and healthier. Therefore, storms and high winds won’t damage your trees the way they would an unkempt tree. Your home and family will be much safer living under and around trimmed trees.

Another safety issue for overgrown trees is that they block the view of traffic lights, road signs and driveways. Tree trimming, crown raising and other certified tree care services will keep the tree at a manageable size and stop it from blocking various views.

Call NV Tree Trimming for Tree Trimming

Working with a professional arborist in Nevada gives you access to their expert knowledge on tree pruning. We recommend relying on their years of experience if you have trees on your property that you’d like to keep healthy for awhile.

An arborist won’t only consider the current situation. Instead, an experienced arborist will take the time to research your trees and study their unique scenario (including their location and factors that may put them at risk of disease or infestation). After gathering all of the information, an arborist will create a long-term plan based on the trees’ unique needs and stick to that plan until the goals for your trees are met.

This plan might require many years to implement, but rest assured, it will lead to healthy trees that you and your family can enjoy for many years to come.

This type of annual care will aid in healthy tree growth, help your landscaping resist plant diseases and improve flower or fruit production from the trees. It will also fortify your trees so there is not as much risk of falling trees or branches.

Being proactive about tree trimming can save you a lot of money over time as well. Preventative maintenance is far more affordable than the cost of emergency tree services, storm damage restoration or restoring a sick tree from a disease that has gotten out of hand (and one that was easily preventable).

If you care about the health of your trees and the beauty of your landscaping, trust a certified arborist for tree trimming and maintenance from NV Tree Trimming. Find our service area here. We work with arborists across the entire state of Nevada. Call now!