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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.

Keeping weak, spindly limbs on your property is a recipe for disaster, especially if you have a large tree. Ice and snow accumulation might quickly result in a costly accident. Removing diseased branches reduces the likelihood of trees becoming infected with diseases.

Trimming trees, on the other hand, can be a difficult task. You don’t want to spend all your time and effort pruning at the incorrect time of year. Concentrate your efforts on pruning at the right time. When should you prune your trees to maintain them healthy?

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.

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.

Trimming in the late winter is usually the best option.
Winter isn’t often thought of as a busy season for gardeners. When the weather turns chilly, it’s time to retreat indoors and put the garden on hold for the time being. The winter season is ideal for turning off “gardening brain” and taking a break from strenuous yard maintenance.

Pruning trees and bushes is also a good idea now. Winter is the best season to prune and shape trees since they go dormant in cold weather. There’s less to get in the way when there aren’t any leaves. This makes it simpler to see the branch structure of a tree. It’s critical to complete this operation before the weather warms up so that you don’t chop into fresh growth. Trimming in the late winter and early spring allows trees to focus all of their energy on creating healthy new growth when the weather warms.

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.

Still not sure when you should trim your trees? Call Nationwide Tree Service for expert advice from a professional.