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Pruning your trees is a good way to keep them healthy and help shape them the way you want. Generally, pruning is done in the winter, but flowering trees are often the exception to that rule. When and how your flowering trees are pruned depends on the species and when they bloom. Here is more information from Baumann Tree about when to have your flowering trees pruned and other tips on bringing out your flowering tree's blooms and fruits.
Why Are Most Trees Pruned in Winter?
The reason why most trees are pruned in winter is because the majority of deciduous trees are dormant during this time. They drop their leaves in the fall and slow or stop their growth during the winter. Also, diseases and insects are less active and less likely to spread during this time. Winter pruning also has the added benefit of not disturbing nesting cycles of local songbirds.
When Should Flowering Trees be Pruned?
When your flowering tree should be pruned depends on the species and when it blooms. As a general rule, flowering trees should be trimmed after their flowers drop. If the flowers drop in the late spring or summer, then you prune in the summer. If the flowers drop after summer or in the fall, then you can prune in the winter.
Does Too Much Pruning Mean Less Flowers?
If you prune a spring-blooming tree too early, then you could cut off the flower buds as well as stress out the tree enough so that it may not bloom. However, if you wait, then you may actually be able to enhance the flower growth. Lightly trimming early blooming trees could actually encourage growth by letting more light enter through the tree. Heavily pruning summer and fall blooming trees in the winter can actually encourage more blooming in the next season.
Is There Any Other Special Care for Flowering Trees?
Some flowering trees require more maintenance than others. For the best results, in addition to pruning properly, make sure you choose the best fertilizer and watering schedule for your trees' species and size. Make sure the flowering trees you choose for your yard are suited to the climate because a climate mismatch may mean fewer blooms.
When you have flowering trees, you are aiming for good blooms balanced with the tree's optimal health and sturdiness. Because it can sometimes be hard to determine the exact time to prune your flowering tree, you should hire a tree trimming service to do the work. The tree trimmers will also give you guidance on how to care for and keep your tree flowering and healthy.Share