Many homeowners want to know if it is OK to trim trees in spring? Here’s what Master Arborists have to say on the subject.
Now that the world is all green and lush again, you might have noticed that your shrubs or trees have grown substantially — perhaps a bit too much for your liking. An overgrown specimen can look unkempt, block your gorgeous views, and even cause damage if left unchecked. But since everything’s in bloom, is it already too late to contact tree trimming services for assistance? As the arborists who provide the tree trimming Redding CA relies upon, we always get some variation of this question come springtime.
So is it okay to trim trees in spring?
The answer is: not necessarily. Under many circumstances, it’s okay — or even encouraged — to trim your trees in spring. This isn’t the case 100% of the time, which is why it’s so essential to consult with the professionals before deciding to trim. But there are times when trimming your trees in spring is perfectly fine. You may be able to trim a tree in spring…
Before it blooms: Even if spring has technically arrived, you can still do what’s called dormant pruning if the tree has not shown signs of budding or blooming yet. Dormant pruning is ideal, as it can stave off disease and help preserve the tree throughout the year.
If there are safety concerns:
Generally, you shouldn’t wait to prune a tree if there are concerns about your family’s safety or the integrity of your property. That means you can and should remove decaying, dying, or dead branches during this time of year to minimize hazards. Likewise, any branches that hang directly over your home or otherwise threaten property should be trimmed ASAP.
When it’s of a certain variety:
There are actually specific trees that should be trimmed in early or late spring. Sap-bearing trees — such as birch, maple, and walnut — should be pruned in late spring or even early summer, as pruning earlier can be a much messier endeavor. (It’s important to note that trimming earlier won’t harm the tree, but many people prefer to wait until all the leaves have shown before trimming.) In general, it’s better to trim flowering trees — like magnolia, lilac, dogwood, flowering cherry and plum, crabapple, apricot, and others — after they’ve finished blooming in the springtime.
If trimming needs are minimal:
Keep in mind that springtime pruning can limit a tree’s bloom potential or leave it more vulnerable to disease or insect infestation. That means it should not be done if it’s not recommended for its species or if it can be done at another time of year. However, you can minimally prune a tree to shape it for aesthetic value. Just make sure not to remove more than 10% of its branches if you go this route. Fortunately, if you’re trimming trees to reveal a gorgeous mountain view, 10% should be more than enough.
As we mentioned, it’s not always appropriate to trim a tree in spring. For example, trees like oak, elm, and sycamore should be trimmed in late fall or winter. If you’re unsure as to whether your tree should be trimmed in the spring or you should wait until the weather turns cold again, contact the reputable team for tree trimming Redding CA residents trust.