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When is a good time to have trees trimmed?

We often get asked this question: When is a good time to have our trees trimmed? The answer is not always as that easy! When thinking about pruning, we need to be mindful of the type of tree we’re talking about as well as a number of other factors like the impact of insects, the trees’ susceptibility to disease, and the surrounding landscaping. When searching for “Tree Trimming Near Me” take into account a few of these tips.

Generally, the best time to prune or trim trees and shrubs is during the winter months. From November through March, most trees are dormant which makes it the ideal time for the following reasons:


  1. Trees are less susceptible to insects or disease.

  2. There is less impact on the surrounding landscape and our crew can easily see what they’re doing while all the leaves are gone.

  3. Trees heal faster, meaning that by the time spring rolls around, your tree will be happy and healthy again.


Reasons for Pruning:

Pruning is a regular part of all tree and plant maintenance programs at American Tree & Services. Proper pruning of plants encourages growth, improves the overall plant health, increases the curb-appeal of your property, and can increase the flower and fruit production.


Prune to increase overall health of plant

  • Remove dead or dying branches injured by disease, insect infestation, animals, storms, or other damage.

  • Remove branches that rub together

  • Remove branch stubs


Maintain intended purposes for plants in a landscape

  • Encourage flower and fruit development

  • Maintain a dense hedge

  • Encourage a desired plant form or special garden forms


Improve appearance of plants and overall curb-appeal

  • Control plant size and shape

  • Keep shrubs well-proportioned and dense

  • Remove unwanted branches, waterspouts, suckers and undesirable fruiting structures that detract from plant appearance.


Protect your family & property

  • Remove dead branches

  • Have hazardous trees taken down

  • Prune branches that overhang homes, parking areas, sidewalks, and any place that falling limbs could injure people or damage property

  • Eliminate branches that interfere with street lights, traffic signals or overhead wires and any branches that obscure vision at intersections


Pruning in late winter ensures that fresh wounds are only exposed for a short amount of time before new growth begins, which helps the wound from pruning begin to heal faster. In addition, pruning dormant plants can make decisions easier as there are fewer obstructions from leaves.


To avoid certain diseases, pruning in the late winter is especially great.


  • Avoid Oak Wilt disease by pruning oaks between November and March. You should never prune your oaks between April and October.

  • Prune apple trees between February and late-April.

  • Spring or summer pruning increases chances for spread of infection while fall or early-winter pruning can result in growth issues the following season.


  • Honey Locusts should be pruned when they are dormant in late winter as it is best to prune in dry conditions.


Prune after blooming

Trees and shrubs that bloom early in the growing season on last year’s growth should be pruned immediately after they finish blooming.


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