Spring Tree Trimming Tips for Best Results
Spring tree trimming helps remove dead, old, and diseased branches. It will go a long way in improving your trees’ health and your landscape’s appearance. The proper trimming measures depend on the tree and the season. So, how should you go about your spring tree trimming to achieve the best results? At DNS Landscaping, we have the following tips for you to follow to achieve your desired goals.
Importance of Spring Tree Trimming
When planning your spring season tree trimming project, you will be having two objectives. These include:
- * Aesthetics: This will involve cutting or removing branches to shape the trees and maintain sightlines and clearance.
- * Tree Health & Safety: This will involve removing dead, broken, dying, or decaying branches to preserve the tree’s health and to enhance surrounding safety
Spring Season Tree Trimming Tips
When it comes to trimming your trees during spring, it is recommended to follow these tips:
Consider the size of the branches that need to be removed. If they are shorter than 5 cm in diameter, they can be removed without causing damage to the tree. If the diameter is more than 5 cm, you should have a good reason to trim that branch.
Check the lateral branches for their diameters in comparison to the stem. Make sure these branches are between one-half and three-quarters the stem’s diameter at the point of attachment. Else, you should remove these branches.
Branches in General
Generally, branches should be trimmed when they have the following features:
- * V-shaped
- * Weak
- * Narrow angles
Branches that have U-shaped angles or are strong should be retained.
Trim Younger Branches
It is recommended to trim branches when they are young. This is because younger branches are easier to manage. The chances of leaving scars are also much lower.
It is further recommended to avoid trimming a branch too long or too close. It is important that neither the branch collar is removed nor a large stub be left.
Trim the Right Species
You are going to have different species of trees on your property. Not all species can be trimmed during spring. The right time to trim depends on the time when the species blooms. The following trees can be trimmed during late spring or early summer:
- * Maple tree
- * Birch tree
- * Walnut tree
The following trees should be trimmed in spring only after they have bloomed:
- * Dogwood tree
- * Apricot tree
- * Magnolia tree
- * Flowering cherry tree
- * Crabapple tree
Oak, sycamore, elm, and honeylocust should not be trimmed during spring.
Hire Professional Trimming Services
Tree trimming is a tricky process and it is best to seek professional services. A tree needs trimming when the branches exceed a certain diameter or the tree crowds over other trees, obstructs space, or needs additional care. Certified arborists can make the right decisions and ensure proper trimming procedures are followed.
For more information and guidance, feel free to get in touch with us at DNS Landscaping. You can give us a call at (210) 765-8667 or write to us.