Tree pruning is the process of trimming a tree to remove excess growth. Oftentimes it is recommended that trees are pruned during their dormant season. However, you may feel as though your tree needs to be pruned now. If you’re wondering if trees can be pruned in the spring, keep reading.
For most species of trees, it is best that they are pruned during their dormant season. This is usually between November and March in the United States. The reason it is recommended to prune trims in the dormant season is that they are less susceptible to diseases and tree pests when they are inactive. With that being said, you can still prune a tree in the spring, you just need to be aware of the risks.
If you need to prune your tree in the spring, early spring is the best time to do so. Removing the dead, damaged, overgrown, and dying branches can benefit your tree, as long as you don’t remove too many tree branches. This can be too stressful for a tree during the early spring when it is trying to grow. Plus, the more branches you remove, the more likely a tree is to face disease or infestation. A good rule of thumb to follow when pruning a tree is to remove no more than 10 to 20% of branches within one year for small and medium trees, and no more than 10% within one year for mature trees.
You can prune a tree during the spring and still enjoy its buds, as long as you prune safely. Remember not to remove more than 10 to 20% of the branches and be sure to sanitize your tools to avoid spreading infection. Prioritize removing branches that put your home at risk and plan ahead so your tree can appear aesthetically pleasing and symmetrical once you’re complete.
It is preferred that you prune some species of tree during their dormant season, but others are actually better to prune in the spring. Maple, walnut, and birch trees can be pruned in the late spring or early summer for ideal results. This is because these trees tend to ooze sap when pruned in the winter. While the sap is not harmful, it is sticky! Other trees you can safely prune in the spring after they have bloomed include magnolia lilac, juneberry, flowering plum, flowering cherry, dogwood, crabapple, chokecherry, and apricot trees.
On the other hand, oak trees, elm trees, sycamore trees, honey locust trees, and pear trees are the most likely to face disease when pruned in the spring, so you should avoid working on these trees unless it is absolutely necessary.
This guide is a great start to understanding how to care for your trees. However, seeking professional assistance can be even more beneficial. If you have some trees that need to be pruned this spring, get in touch with Lamb Tree Care. You can schedule an appointment with our licensed, insured, and highly knowledgeable staff when you call 941-377-3333 today.