When is the best time to trim my trees?
A lot of people say that pruning should only be done when the tree is dormant or during the spring. But ironically, pruning can be done at any time with little negative effect. However for ultimate results or desired results can be achieved by pruning at certain times of the year.
You can achieve maximum growth on your tree by pruning them right before the buds swell, in late winter or early spring.
Flowering can be increased in some trees such as Crape myrtles/ Fruit trees by pruning them during the winter right before the leaves pop out or summer after bloom. *Be advised that pruning does not mean severing the heads off the tree (topping). Do not commit Crape Murder!
When is the best time to prune my Oaks?
The City Of San Antonio has done an awesome job informing about Oak Wilt and when they shouldn’t prune to prevent the spread of the disease. If you didn’t receive one, its most important to know that the ordinance is enforced to keep the pruning minimal from Feb 1-July 1, that is when the Oak wilt fungus is highly active. Just make sure that you cover up those wounds with dressing. Pruning oaks when they are dormant can help minimize the risk of infection from pests associated with wound entry. Decayed limbs could be removed at any time and are not enforced highly as a fresh open live wound from a green limb.
Can anyone trim my trees?
Hospital visits are always expensive, so, leave it to us or to your fellow professionals that you hire. If you are not a qualified arborist, then you shouldn’t even attempt to do it yourself. Newly planted trees are more forgiving than larger mature species.