When should I trim my trees?

Here are some tips on when to prune your trees!

February 1, 2021

Late winter thru early spring is the best time of year to perform general tree maintenance. Contact Eastlake Tree & Lawn Services to assess your trees and to take inventory. Most property owners don’t know which type of trees are on their property. We will come out to perform an assessment and let you know about the health of your trees and which ones might have issues in the future.

Most routine trimming is performed to remove weak, diseased, dying or dead branches. This can be completed at any time during the year with little damage to the tree. Just be sure to use a professional arborist when pruning your trees. Professionals know growth and wound closure are heightened if pruning happens in late winter before a spring growth spurt.

Wounds from pruning can easily spread diseases. Oak trees, for example, can suffer from oak wilt. Each cut can change the way a tree grows. So, no branch should be cut without a clear reason. Strive for branch collar cuts when pruning. Homeowners should remove dying branches to make the tree look better and grow stronger. Also consider pruning hazardous branches which could fall on someone or the roof during a thunderstorm. Shaping trees can also improve light diffusion and air flow to the tree’s crown or to someone’s home .

Here are a few different types of trees and the best time of year to trim them:


These trees shed their leaves every year. Deciduous trees should be pruned in late fall going in to winter. They’re in their dormant season so it’s easy to see the branches and possible activity of insects or disease.

Immature Trees

Developing a properly shaped tree happens with proper pruning. Trees that receive the right amount of pruning while they are young will require less excessive trimming in the future. Ask EastLake Tree Services when the trimming should be completed.

Flowering Trees

These trees should be trimmed after blooming. Routine pruning of dead or dying branches can be done at any time. However, your type of tree can have specific needs and rules for trimming.

New Trees

Inspect for pruning needs yearly. Trim trees regularly to keep them healthy, safe, and beautiful.

Don’t wait to trim because the limbs will get large. Big limbs develop large wounds, which are more prone to disease, insects, and rot.


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