When to Prune?

Tree PruningAs the Michigan lazy days of summer transition into cooler temperatures and falling Autumn leaves, it may be tempting to head out into the backyard and undertake a tree trimming and pruning project.  Not so fast!  It may be wise to resist that temptation – at least for now.

When is the Best Time to Trim & Prune Trees?

At Arbor Tree Service, our team is frequently asked, “when is the best time to prune and trim back trees?” 

For trees, the most effective time is when the tree is dormant – late fall to early spring.

Since the tree is not active during this dormant time, removing limbs and branches will be least stressful. 

It is also easier to see the overarching structure of the tree when the leaves have completely fallen – thereby making it easier to identify potential “problem” areas like rubbing branches, cracked or broken limbs and competing leader branches.  During this dormant period, the tree will also have more time to “heal” before the growing season begins.

Another advantage to trimming and pruning during this dormant period is that insect and disease organisms are not active during this time – thereby reducing the risk of infection or pest infestation.

When is the Worst Time to Trim & Prune Trees?

The worst time to prune trees is late spring and early summer when the leaves are expanding and the tree is growing.

For additional information, please consult a certified arborist.  At Arbor Tree, we are certified and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Tree pruning, if done correctly, will improve the appearance, health, and longevity of your landscape.  Happy pruning!