Tree trimming is one of the most important things a homeowner should do if they want to keep their front and back yards in excellent condition throughout the year – but trimming at the wrong time can do more damage than good to your trees. Here’s how to know when to trim your trees for the best possible results.

Research the Tree Type
Some trees are fast-growing, while others take their time – some might take months before they’ve reached their most optimal trimming point. If you know the type of tree and their particular growing habits, then you’ll know when your trees should be trimmed. For example, Weeping Willows can grow anywhere from 3 to 8 feet per year and are a great choice for lots of shade, so these will need to be trimmed more often. On the other hand, a Japanese Snowbell is slow-growing but can reach 20 to 30 feet tall and wide. Do your research before you get to trimming!

Seasonal Changes
Changes in season can sometimes mean that the tree is ready for a trim – but for the majority of large trees, don’t trim them too close, and leave the largest branches intact. It’s helpful to keep in mind that during the warmer summer months, fresh tree cuts can cause more insects to be attracted to that area. This is something you’ll want to avoid because insects like these also attract bacteria and fungi that kill the tree. However, pruning your trees during their dormant season will actually protect them from disease and make the spread of bacteria less likely when temperatures warm up again and the insects come out to play. For most trees, the best time to prune them is in the colder winter months between November and March. Being aware of these seasonal changes can make all the difference for the success of your tree care efforts!

Before the Storm
If you know of potential stormy or windy weather on the way, trim any loose or weak branches before the weather arrives; this prevents the likelihood of these branches falling down and potentially causing damage to your home, property, or an unlucky person standing underneath. If there is a reoccurring storm season where you live, it’s a good idea to prepare your trees by fertilizing them regularly to keep their roots strong, mulching their soil surface, conducting soil tests, and watering them plenty to ensure they’re not dried out or brittle enough to break if a storm were to come through your neighborhood. Also, be sure to prune and trim the trees, as usual, to prevent broken branches from falling on or near your home. If your trees have a poor or unstable branch structure, it may be best to hire a certified arborist to give your tree(s) the support they may need with cables, braces, or stakes.

Are you still not sure when you should trim your trees? Please contact Nationwide Tree Service today for expert advice and a free quote from a professional.