Deciding on the Best Time to Trim Trees

Deciding on the Best Time to Trim Trees
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    If you want healthy trees with flourishing leaves and/or flowers, spring is the best time to cut them down.

    Besides spring tree trimming, owners can also cut branches in the summer or fall. However, results may vary depending on the tree’s overall health.

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Tree trimming helps form trees, preserve their beauty, and keep surrounding object safe from harm, but when is the best time to trim trees? Most of this question depends on your needs, but spring is generally the best time to maintain your trees. Growth and fullness are things to consider when trimming the branches because you want your trees to continue to be healthy and grow well.

Why spring is the Best Time to Trim Trees

If you want healthy trees with flourishing leaves and/or flowers, spring is the best time to cut them down. This particular season is when trees tend to awaken from the colder, harsher climate of the winter season. They also begin to bud. To put it another way, they are healthy and able to accept injury, such as branch trimming.

Since they are blooming, they heal faster and can begin to bloom further and also grow. Spring is the season in which the weather begins to warm up, which allows trees to get ready for summer without trouble. Therefore, the warmer climate in combination with the sunshine, budding, and awakening process allows them to flourish and maintain healthiness.

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Other Seasons for Tree Trimming

Besides spring tree trimming, owners can also cut branches in the summer or fall. However, results may vary depending on the tree’s overall health. When cutting branches in the fall season, the remaining portion of the branch could die off and fall during the winter season, but that depends on the health of the tree or where you trim the branch.

As for the summer season, tree trimming has a better chance of saving the tree from rotting or dying branches because it is still warm and the health of the tree is alive and strong. You may not see as much growth in the cut areas as you would in the spring, but you will most likely still have what you need.

Tree Trimming Suggestions

In addition to the time chosen to trim your tree or trees, you want to make sure you do it right the first time. It is recommended that you avoid trimming branches before any buds or leaves. It is usually safe to cut after the first bud or first leaf.

Any branch that is cut too far in may die or suffer dramatically and it would alter the appearance of the tree. This is because the leaves and/buds provide as a lifeline for the tree. In fact, leaves (derived from the buds) provide the essential nutrients that the tree needs to survive and grow.

Aside from where to cut tree branches safely, you want to be sure the area is clear and safe to begin the work. This is especially important when needing to climb up the tree to trim it as you do not want big branches falling down and hurting a person or animal.

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You’ll also want to make sure that nothing is in the zone of cutting to prevent any potential damage from those falling branches. Tables, chairs, swings, kid toys, etc. should all be cleared from the area safely.

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For more information on maintaining and trimming trees, visit http://gardenclub.homedepot.com/how-to-identify-and-keep-your-trees-healthy/

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