This depends to a large extent on why you prune. Light pruning and the removal of dead wood can be done anytime. Otherwise, here are some guidelines, but recognizing that individual species may differ is important to remember.
Winter Pruning: Pruning during dormancy is the most common practice. It results in a vigorous burst of new growth in the spring and should be used if that is the desired effect. It is usually best to wait until the coldest part of winter has passed. Some species, such as maple, walnuts and birches, may “bleed”—when the sap begins to flow. This is not harmful and will cease when the tree leafs out.
Summer Pruning: To direct the growth by slowing the branches you don’t want; or to slow “dwarf” the development of a tree or branch, pruning should be done soon after seasonal growth is complete. The reason for the slowing effect is that you reduce the total leaf surface, thereby reducing the amount of food manufactured and sent to the roots. Another reason to prune in the summer is for corrective purposes. Defective limbs can be seen more easily, or limbs that hang down too far under the weight of the leaves.
Pruning Flowering Trees to Enhance Flowering
If your purpose for pruning is to enhance flowering:
When Not To Prune: Fall
Because decay fungi spread their spores profusely in the fall and healing of wounds seems to be slower on fall on cuts, this is a good time to leave your pruning tools in storage.
To have your trees pruned by a professional tree removal service and arborist, contact Cutting Edge Tree Care Specialist.
Gypsy moth caterpillars consume as much leaf tissue as they can, as quickly as they can, to obtain nourishment to become reproducing adults. Since the caterpillars' feeding period lasts seven to ten weeks through spring and summer, they can do a lot of damage to young tree leaves. If a tree loses more than 50% of its leaves for more than two years in a row, it will certainly be weakened and may not survive.
A single gypsy moth caterpillar can consume 11 square feet of vegetation during its lifetime so the presence of millions of caterpillars can severly affect trees and forests. Although gypsy moths are capable of feeding on over 500 different species of trees and plants, they prefer oak trees.
Although gypsy moths can exist at relatively low population levels for years at a time, sometimes their populations explode. This occurs for various reasons (favorable weather conditions or a lack of predators, for example). This rapid swelling of population size is called an "outbreak".
During large outbreaks, trees are virtually stripped of their leaves by hungry caterpillars within a few days. Although most trees will re-grow new leaves before summer's end, the process stresses the tree and drains its reserves.
Weakened trees and shrubs, especially those in urban settings, are more susceptible to attack by opportunistic diseases and organisms such as armillaria root rot and two-lined chestnut borers. In addition, the tree's growth rate is impaired, which affects its chances for survival during the following years.
Trees can make the outside of your home beautiful. Having trees in your yard may create opportunities for a shaded lounge area, a place to hang a tire swing and somewhere to build a tree house. As much as trees can add to your property, maintaining them is an important step to helping protect your property and home!
Why Do It?
Trees need to be trimmed or pruned regularly, and sometimes branches must be cut off to help ensure the health of the tree and your family’s safety. There are many reasons tree trimming can be a vital part of yard maintenance. Trees need to pruned first for safety, next for health and finally for aesthetics. Let’s look at each of these benefits:
Safety: Removing branches that may cause damage to property or people if they fall can be a primary reason for tree trimming.
Tree Health: Cutting dead or diseased branches may help benefit the overall health of the tree. In addition, pruning may also encourage trees to develop stronger core structures to help withstand the elements.
Aesthetics: Trimming a tree may help accentuate its physical appearance and improve flower or fruit production.
It is suggested that you prune or trim trees once per year during the dormant season though circumstances such as these may prompt an immediate trimming:
Overall, yearly tree trimming may help ensure your yard may be beautiful and safe for years to come.
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