When Is the Best Time To Prune My Trees?

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Imagine for a second that it’s early May, and you’ve got several overgrown trees in your front yard. All you want to do is trim a little bit off the top and the sides to keep it well-groomed, green, and full of life, but you can’t safely reach those areas by yourself. So you call your favorite tree service pro and ask that they swing by and take care of it. The only problem is that they tell you it’s not the right time to prune your trees and that you should wait at least one more month.

What? There’s a correct time of the year to prune my trees?

The short answer is a resounding “YES!” But don’t feel bad — you aren’t the only property owner in Denton shocked by this revelation. In fact, we get calls all the time about tree pruning during growing season and are quick to recommend to those customers that they wait just a little bit longer until summertime.

Does that high level of honesty cost us an opportunity to make money right now? Yes. But we’d rather do the right thing — even if it means turning down work. But that begs this question from so many of those same people … when is the best time to prune my trees?

Prune Your Trees During NON-GROWING Seasons

The best time of year to prune your trees is between June 1 and Valentine’s Day. Anything before or after that window is in the middle of growing season and can negatively impact the tree’s growth while at the same time making it vulnerable to excessive temperature shifts and bug infestation as you make cuts.

Believe it or not, there is actually a science to proper tree trimming and pruning to keep them looking great and avoid a shortened lifespan. This includes knowing which limbs to cut, how and where to cut them, and what time of year is best for pruning.

To be effective, tree pruning should be done regularly during non-growing seasons by one of our ISA-certified arborists.

What Is Tree Pruning, Exactly?

On a basic level, tree trimming and pruning in Denton include removing dead, diseased, hanging, or weak branches. Many homeowners can spot these and eliminate the ones closest to the ground. But a professional service can tackle the same job at greater heights, leaving for a more balanced approach and efficiently shaped tree through tip reduction. In many instances, we can spot limbs you didn’t think were an issue but are actually cracked and could lead to expensive damage if not removed.

Trimming and pruning also include restorative work and strategically removing branches weighing the tree down, limiting light penetration, and forcing you to “duck down” to avoid low-hanging branches.

The benefits of tree pruning during the right time of the year include the following:

  • Improved tree appearance
  • Overall health
  • Better exposure to sunlight
  • Early disease detection and prevention
  • Reduce risk of property damage
  • Improved property values

There isn’t a year that goes by when we aren’t getting calls from eager customers between March and May 31. And while we’d love to take on the extra work, our love for your trees simply won’t allow us to do that.

We recommend always waiting until after the growing season before you start pruning.

Call Clean Edge Tree Service & Removal Today!

We know you have options when it comes to your tree service and removal needs. Clean Edge Tree Service & Removal in Denton, TX, is family-owned and operated and has served Denton and surrounding areas since 2016. More importantly, we have the equipment, experience, and technical know-how to safely and efficiently handle any tree and residential or commercial scenario — from a downed tree in the middle of a storm to trimming a few branches, stump grinding, and removing trees that tower 83 feet in the air. There isn’t a tree in Denton that we can’t handle. Call Clean Edge Tree Service & Removal today!