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When should i prune my tree?

Possibly the most common question we get asked is; "when should I prune my tree?"


There is an easy answer for this question, although certain trees (such as fruit trees) need extra care as to when they are pruned, and you should seek the advice of a qualified arborist in this instance.


Late Autumn to early Spring is the best time to prune most trees, as this is their dormant period, easily shown in deciduous trees as they have lost their leaves at this time.


This time frame can be defined by a few reasons;

1. The first is that the tree is not actively trying to grow so therefore it gives time for the cuts to dry out, and the tree can concentrate its energy into sealing the cuts over, rather than producing new leaves or buds.

2. There are less bugs at this time of year. Less bugs mean less chance of pathogens and bacteria being transferred into the cuts and harming the tree.

3. Less mess. when pruning a tree at any time of the year, there is always a lot more mess than you probably expect. One benefit of trimming your trees at this time of year is that there is a lot less, or no leaf matter to clean up making for an easier job.


if you need further advice on when to prune your trees, contact our friendly team today.