This is a common question beginning in early spring. The answer varies, based on the specific tree or shrub and the situation. There are preferred pruning seasons for many trees and shrubs:
- Many Pine varieties are best pruned after the tree candles have elongated, typically in mid to late June. Spruce trees can be done in early July. Late winter pruning is also an option for many evergreen trees and shrubs. Because pruning encourages new growth, it is not recommended to prune in late summer or fall. Cold temperatures may damage newly developed foliage.
- Heavy pruning of most deciduous trees is best done during the dormant or winter period. This helps prevent disease transmission.
- Most early spring blooming shrubs should be pruned after they’ve flowered.
- Shrubs that flower later in the year can be pruned in early spring, typically in March.
Keep in mind these are general pruning guidelines and there are situations when immediate pruning is required, no matter the season. For example, removing deadwood from a tree or shrub, achieving more ground clearance or clearing space around a building and removing hazardous tree limbs or intersecting branches. Falling branches may damage property or cause injuries. It’s important that these conditions are addressed sooner rather than later.
Kramer Tree Specialists provides the proper equipment and people needed to correctly prune your trees and shrubs. Call us today to have a Certified Arborist inspect and evaluate the landscape for pruning needs.