Proper tree trimming or pruning keep trees growing strong and looking great for years to come. Certain tree conditions require pruning. It is said that the best time to prune trees is in the late fall or early winter. Trimming trees during these times will result in less stress for the tree.
In most cases, late winter trimming is the best time. Gardeners find winter as an inactive season. During the winter months, they can forget about the garden for a while and get a rest from tiring garden work.
Winter is a great time to prune trees and shrubs because trees become dormant in cold weather. it is the ideal time to prune and shape them. Pruning can be easier as trees shed leaves, so there’s less in the way for tree work. Without leaves, this makes it easier to see a tree’s branch structure. It’s essential to prune trees before the weather warms, so you’re not cutting into new growth. Trees benefit from late-winter, early-spring trimming as it helps them use most of their energy into building healthy new growth once the weather warms.
However, there are exceptions. Some trees shouldn’t be trimmed in late winter. Some trees and shrubs are best pruned after they’ve grown in the spring or summer. Because trimming certain trees too early can damage or remove buds, and can greatly reduce the number of flowers that appear during bloom time. Examples of trees that are best trimmed after blooming are magnolia, crabapple, and redbud trees.
So when a tree or shrub blooms in the spring, it is best to wait until after the flowers have begun to fade before they get trimmed. Take note that particular timing will depend mostly on the geographic location.