Pruning Basics!

We have been receiving an abundance of questions in regards to pruning, and wanted to provide some knowledge for those interested!

The objective of pruning is to produce strong, healthy and attractive growth all while ensuring the safety, health, and aesthetics of the plants are maintained.

Below are some guidelines to follow for best results.
  1. Conifers (ex. Pine, Fir, Cedar, Hemlocks) can be pruned anytime of the year without inflicting harm if done so properly. 
  2. Hardwood trees (ex. Oak, Maple, Walnut, Cherry) and Shrubs without flowers are best to be pruned in the dormant season to maximize successful wound closure following pruning. In addition, this practice also reduces the chance of disease transmission and excessive sap flow from pruning wounds. 
  3. Flowering Trees & Shrubs (ex. Crab-apple, Fruit Trees, Magnolia, Red-bud) are best to be pruned during dormant season, however, trees and shrubs that flower in early spring (Dogwood, Rhododendron) should be pruned immediately after flowering in order to promote new flower bud growth for the next bloom season.
Please keep in mind!

Removal of dead branches can be performed at any time of the year without harm to the trees or shrubs, and is encouraged to promote the future health and prosperity!!

If you have any questions or are curious about pruning trees or shrubs on your property, please contact us! It would be our pleasure to provide a free, honest assessment and estimate to complete the work. 

As arborists, we truly care about the longevity and fulfillment of the trees and shrubs we conduct services for; and are grateful for every opportunity!