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Why And When You Should Have Your Trees Pruned

by Sara Cook

It doesn't take a lot of work to maintain the trees that you have in your yard. Basically, as long as you have your trees pruned occasionally, there isn't much else you need to do. Pruning is beneficial to health of a tree, and it keeps trees from overgrowing to a point that they become dangerous. Learn more about tree pruning, why it's needed, and when it should be completed.  

Why Trees Need Pruned

Pruning a tree helps it stay healthy and grow properly. In fact, if you prune a tree correctly, pruning it can even strengthen the roots of the tree, which will help you tree survive strong winds and storms. Additionally, you should have trees pruned in order to:

  • Remove potentially hazardous portions of the tree such as diseased or dead limbs.
  • Encourage the tree to produce more fruit
  • Treat a tree that is diseased
  • Increase the beauty of the tree

When to Prune Your Trees

Ideally, you should prune your trees when they are dormant. This means, the best times of year to prune your trees, include:

  • The late winter, when the weather begins to turn warmer.
  • The early spring, before your tree begins to bud.
  • The fall, after the tree has lost its leaves.

When a tree is dormant, it isn't producing as much sap, so it's less likely the tree will be negatively affected by cutting of its branches. Also, when trees are dormant, fungus and insects are also dormant. So, the tree won't be as susceptible to additional dangers while it recovers. You should avoid pruning trees when the weather is dry and hot, as well as extremely cold — unless the tree is diseased or partially dead.   

Trees that have dead or diseased limbs are dangerous. You don't know when the limbs will fall naturally, and when they do, they could hurt someone or damage something. So, if you have a tree that is diseased or partially dead, it should be pruned as soon as possible.

Pruning the trees in your yard is important, but that doesn't mean that you should try to prune the trees on your own. If you have a smaller tree and you can reach all of the tree's branches without putting yourself in danger, you might consider doing the work on your own. However, if you have a yard filled with large trees, you should consider calling a tree service (such as Schulhoff Tree & Lawn Care, Inc.) to have your trees pruned.