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Reasons For Pruning?

  • To train the tree/plant
  • To maintain tree/plant health
  • To improve the quality of flowers, fruit, foliage or stems
  • To restrict growth

When To Prune?
Pruning can be done at any time of the year; however the recommended times vary throughout the different species of trees. Pruning at the wrong time of the year will not kill the trees, but continual improper pruning can result in damage. Do not prune at the convenience of the pruner, but rather when it results in the least damage to the tree.  In general, the best time to prune most plants is during dormancy before growth begins.  The least desirable time to prune is immediately after new growth develops in the spring. It also is advisable to limit the amount of pruning done late in summer as new growth may be encouraged on some plants. This growth may not have sufficient time to harden off before cold weather arrives resulting in cold damage or winter kill. Prune plants damaged by storms or vandalism or ones with dead limbs as soon as possible to avoid insect and disease problems that may develop as well as property damage.

Things to Consider:

  • In early fall, pruning wounds close more slowly and plants are more at risk for fungal diseases than at other times of year. For most trees, the best time for major pruning is late winter to early spring because wounds close faster.
  • Pruning in late summer and early fall may also stimulate new growth, which has little time to harden before cold weather comes. The cold can harm this tender new growth, and the tree may need more pruning in spring to remove the damage.
  • After leaf drop, you can see the tree’s structure and identify disease and insect problems more easily. Dormancy is also a good time to prune evergreens because rapid spring growth will hide pruning wounds.
  • You should remove dead, diseased, and damaged wood as soon as possible -- for tree health and your safety. 
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