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Tree Pruning: Know Your Season

In order to keep your trees happy and healthy, it’s important to get them pruned during the right season to make sure they grow to their full potential. Although you generally want to get your tree trimmed in its dormant season, it can actually be beneficial to prune young fruit trees in the summer to shorten their time to full fruit production. More pruning done to train the tree from when it’s first planted will result in far less necessary dormant pruning.
Try to prune dormant trees bearing stone fruits in late February into early March, rather than the fall or early winter. The later you prune into the dormant season, the faster a tree can heal and less diseases have a chance to enter the wounds. However, apple and pear trees can be pruned safely at any time.
Certain trees require pruning regardless of the time of year. When branches are dead or broken, they can be a safety hazard, so it’s important to get them trimmed immediately.  If your tree has been affected by a disease, it can often be saved by cutting down the infected branches or limbs as soon as possible. A tree care specialist can help determine the best plan of action in cases of diseased trees.
What to prune in the summer and fall:
  • Maples
  • Walnuts
  • Birches
  • Elms
  • Peach Trees
What to prune in the winter:
  • Crabapples
  • Spruce
  • Junipers
  • Sumacs
  • Cherries
  • Plums
  • Honey locust
Trees should be regularly pruned from the time they are first planted to encourage them to grow a strong structure. To keep your trees healthy and maintain their natural beauty, contact your Denver tree service to help remove unwanted limbs and to encourage your tree to develop its fruit or flowers.