Pruning is an essential step in maintaining healthy, attractive-looking plants, shrubs, and trees. And when pruning is done correctly, it encourages new growth, maintains shape, and allows your plants to thrive. 

The benefits of tree pruning

Tree pruning provides a myriad of benefits to your trees and shrubs. These include:

  • Removing dead and dying branches to enhance visual appeal
  • Allows for new healthy growth and redirecting the shape
  • Deters fungi and pest infestation
  • Ensuring the safety of your home and property from falling branches

When to prune trees

Although you won’t kill a tree, shrub, or plant by pruning it at the wrong time of year, you may lose out on that year’s fruit or flowers. There are many factors that determine when it’s best to prune. Here are a few basic guidelines to get you started: 

  • Spring: Deciduous trees and shrubs and similar plants should be pruned in late winter or early spring. When deciduous plants are bare, it is easy to spot broken branches or deadwood. This is also an excellent time to selectively prune awkward branches and redirect growth. 
  • Summer: Growth is slower in late summer, so this is a great time to thin plants. Pruning is much less likely to stimulate new growth at this time. If you live in a cold climate, avoid pruning at least one month prior to the first frost. Otherwise, the frost could damage the shrub or plant where you made the cuts. 
  • Flowering trees/shrubs: Timing is everything! If the flowers are produced on the previous year’s wood (e.g., peach trees, forsythia), then wait to prune until all flowering is completed. If a plant flowers on new spring growth, then it can be pruned while dormant. 

When in doubt, enlist the help of a tree or plant pruning specialist. A certified arborist can answer your questions about when to prune a particular plant. 

How a tree pruning arborist can help

A trained arborist has the expertise and experience in effective tree and shrub pruning. They can alleviate the stress of worrying about what will happen if you cut off too much or try to tackle a large limb by yourself. They will use the right tools and equipment to get the job done and do so safely. And an arborist can properly diagnose and treat a tree that is diseased. Knowing how to prune a tree or shrub correctly reduces the risk of harming the tree and is a critical step in restoring it to good health. 

Discover why A-1 Tree & Stump Removal are Redding, CA’s premier tree trimming arborists! Let our knowledgeable team answer your questions and schedule a free consultation. Call us today!