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How Often Should Trees Be Trimmed?

If you want your trees to look their best and to stay healthy, it is important that they are cared for with regular, proper tree trimming. That means pruning at the right time and in the right way by someone who knows what he or she is doing because improper pruning can damage trees or even kill them.

Dormant Pruning

In general, trees need to be pruned at least once each year. The National Arbor Day Foundation advises that people prune during dormancy because it will help with growth in spring. They also recommend to wait until your area has gotten through the coldest part of winter.

Summer Pruning

While some pruning can be done in summer, it is not the time for heavy pruning. Much summer pruning is corrective. The goal is to remove defective branches or those that are in the way of things like walkways or structures. It is also a time when tree size can be curtailed by cutting back new growth or by shaping.

Don’t Prune in the Fall

Trees are more susceptible to fungus and disease in the fall. In addition, when trees are pruned in the late summer or fall, they do not have time to properly heal before winter. The exception is that dead or damaged branches can be removed any time.

Know before You Cut

When it comes to pruning or trimming trees, many people have no idea what they are doing. Drive around any town in America and you can see examples of trees that have been butchered. Unfortunately, pruning a tree improperly can actually create a safety hazard. You can weaken the structure of the tree, putting it at risk for damage from storms and wind.

If you aren’t sure what you are doing, the best course of action is to hire a professional tree trimming service that can make sure that your trees are beautiful, healthy, and safe.

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