When is the best time of year for tree trimming and pruning?

Timing is everything when it comes to keeping your trees healthy

There are many good reasons for tree pruning. When tree pruning is done right it can help maintain the health of your tree for years to come. Pruning and trimming your tree the right way can also help support its structural integrity. With dying branches removed there’s less chance of tree branches falling off the tree and causing damage to your nearby house or fence.

Some homeowners decide tree trimming and pruning is the way to go if they want to improve the look of their home. Removing dead branches can help give a tree a more unified and neater shape. Trimming off excess branches can also help reduce the number of leaves in a tree canopy. When you open up a tree canopy, it lets more sunshine and airflow into your backyard.

Another great reason for tree pruning is to stimulate new growth. Depending on the age and species of your tree, pruning branches can help stimulate new growth in areas of the tree that previously weren’t thriving. Take a strategic approach to tree pruning and you can even train your tree to grow in a new direction. You could train the tree to grow away from a section of your backyard where it’s causing issues.

Here at Daryl’s Tree Care, we get a lot of customers asking us when is the right time of year for tree trimming and pruning. When you know the right time of year for tree pruning and trimming it becomes a lot easier to plan it around other gardening activities. Knowing the right time in advance also helps a lot of people budget for the cost of tree pruning and trimming.

For some tree owners, the task of tree pruning and trimming is relatively small when there’s only one tree to take care of. When there are several trees in a backyard, the task can become very time-consuming. It’s one of the reasons why many locals choose us for a professional tree pruning and trimming service.

Our Aussie backyards may be full of tree species from around the world. But one thing they all have in common is when they need to be pruned and trimmed around the same time of year. As tree care experts we recommend that all your tree trimming and pruning should take place between winter and early spring.

Why are winter and spring a good time for tree pruning?

Is your tree a deciduous tree? If so that means it loses its leaves in autumn and stays dormant in winter. One thing that happens in winter is that the tree doesn’t ooze out sap when it’s branches are cut. Sap usually attracts many forms of insects and pests which can start feeding on your tree. So when you choose to prune your tree in winter, you’re not leaving it vulnerable to attack from pests like you would in summer.

During winter your trees are also in a dormant state. They are not investing their energy into new growth. So during this period, they can focus all their energy on healing any cuts made from tree trimming and pruning. In winter your trees are also better prepared for protecting themselves from germs and pathogens in the environment around them.

Another reason to prune your trees in winter and early spring is to prepare them for wild stormy weather. In Melbourne, we’re used to strong winds gusting down onto our backyards. These winds are so strong that they can cause branches to snap and fall off trees. So overgrown branches and rotting branches can become a serious threat to safety.

Strong winds pose a real safety threat because they can cause branches to fall off and damage your home. That’s why we recommend that you remove overgrown or dead branches before they become a potential hazard in spring when the windy weather picks up. When you weigh up the cost of tree pruning and trimming with hefty repairs to your home it’s clear why more people choose to maintain their trees properly.

Prune your trees before it’s too late

Worried about the condition of your tree? You should get it looked at by a qualified arborist straight away. Arborists specialise in tree care and maintenance. They have the skills and knowledge to assess the health of your tree. They can instantly recognise if your tree is dying and figure out what tree trimming and pruning is required to keep it healthy.

While winter to early spring is the best time for tree pruning, sometimes there is a greater sense of urgency. If a tree is deemed to be unsafe by your arborist then it should be pruned and trimmed straight away. Weak or dead branches that pose a threat must be removed as soon as possible. If your tree is infested with pests then that’s another sign it needs urgent attention. Pest can end up spreading to other healthier trees in your backyard and cause further damage.

Call your local tree pruning and trimming experts today

To help you make the right decision about your trees, speak to a tree expert today. Here at Daryl’s tree care and surgery, we have professional arborists who can inspect and recommend the right service for your tree.

We offer many tree care services including tree pruning, trimming, pest control, and cable bracing. After an initial assessment, we can recommend how often your trees need to be trimmed and pruned. With a maintenance schedule in place, you can leave the rest to us.

Call us today on 9897 4418 to get a quote on any of our tree care services.