Should I Prune my Trees during the Summer?

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Pruning trees help to maintain their beauty and health, but you may not think too much about tree maintenance during the summer. After all, trees respond best to pruning during dormancy, which is in the fall or winter. However, there always are exceptions to every rule. Whether you are looking to have a tree removed in Bristol, or need your trees trimmed in Johnson City, Promier Tree wants you to know whether you should prune your trees during the summer.

Unless you are pruning fruit trees, you probably want to avoid pruning your trees during the summer. However, if you have any damaged branches or branches that could pose a hazard, you probably want to have it removed for safety reasons. Oak trees, on the other hand, should not be pruned at all during the summer. If you do need your oak tree pruned for safety reasons, take precautions such as painting the cut to prevent any pest infestations that could compromise the tree’s health.

When it’s safe to prune your trees during the summer

As we mentioned, there are exceptions to every rule.

These are trees that can be pruned during the summer:

  • Fruit trees – Small trims are OK, although be aware that it is likely to produce less fruit than usual if pruned during the summer.
  • Evergreen trees – Light pruning is fine during the summer, but save the heavy pruning for the dormant season.
  • Sappy hardwoods – This includes hard trees like maple, birch, and walnut. Summer pruning of these trees is preferred because they tend to leak sap when pruned during the winter.

As for any other type of tree, follow this guide on summer pruning.

Any broken, diseased, or potentially damaging limbs or branches should be pruned to prevent a hazard. If your tree is oddly shaped, light pruning should be fine, but save the heavy pruning until the tree is dormant or during the winter. Also, if you have an overly large tree, and you want to control its growth next year, pruning should be safe to do during the summer.

Tree pruning may seem like a DIY task, but it can quickly turn dangerous if you are not experienced or have the right equipment. At Promier Tree, our tree trimmers are experienced and can prune your trees safely, without causing any damage to your property. Unless you can prune your tree from standing on the ground, it probably is best to hire a professional tree trimmer. If you would like to learn more about our tree care services, we offer free consultations and can provide you a quote so that you are aware of all costs upfront.

Tree Pruning in Kingsport

Promier Tree offers full-service tree care to home and business owners in the Tri-Cities. To learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation for a quote, please contact our office by calling (423) 765-2626 to schedule an appointment. Our tree experts are ISO Certified Arborists® that can provide the utmost care for your trees. We provide services to Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport, Tennessee.