When to Prune a Tree 

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The answer to this question depends greatly on your reason for pruning. Removal of dead wood and light pruning could be done whenever you like. Else, here are several tips that you should consider. However, it is significant to remember that each species of plant might vary. 


Winter Pruning 

The most popular practice is pruning during latency. If your desired outcome is a dynamic gust of new growth in the spring, then you should use this practice. Typically, it is ideal to wait until the winter’s coldest portion has passed away. Several species, like birches, walnuts, and maple, might bleed. This condition happens when its sap starts to erupt. This condition isn’t destructive and would stop when the tree begins to leaf out.  

Summer Pruning 

Pruning must be completed soon after seasonal growth is done to “dwarf” slow the growth of a branch or tree; or to lead the development by decelerating the branches you do not like. Reducing the overall surface of the leaf is the main reason for the decelerating effect. Thus, it reduces the manufactured food amount and delivered to the roots. Corrective purposes are another reason to prune during summer time. Limbs that are defective could be more easily seen, or branches that hang too far down under the leaves’ weight. 

Pruning Flowering Plants to Improve its Flowers 

Prune when the plant’s flowers fade for trees that bloom during spring season. You must prune shrubs and trees that flower late to mid-summer in early spring or winter season.  

Keep in mind that these techniques are applied only if you want to improve the flowering of your plant. 

When not to Prune 

Fall. You must not prune during fall season. Why? Well, the reason for this is because decay fungi profusely blowout their spores in the fall and healing of the cuts appears to be slower during fall season. So, if you are planning to prune during fall, it is better that you leave your pruning items in your storage.  


Late winter and late fall is the best time to eliminate tree limbs and branches. Disease pathogens aren’t active and thus not a severe danger to harming your trees. But, A fresh wound or cut during warmer seasons could be an easy point of entry for pests and diseases.  

Be wary that there are several trees that excessively bleed when wounded. As what we have mentioned above, this is the tree’s sap flowing from the wound. Though it looks unsightly and serious, it doesn’t do any harm. Several trees that typically bleed are yellowwood, maple, elm, birch, and beech. 

You might be motivated to cover fresh wounds or cuts with wound dressing or tree paint, marketed and sold as such. Our recommendation is that it’s not really required and usually, it slows down the tree’s natural healing process. Just make a clean cut and leave it since trees are great at adjusting to hostile environments. 

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