There is some thing relating to this time of the year that tends to make individuals crave pruning. With fall garden cleanup in complete swing, perhaps it is all of the raking and mulching which has individuals going crazy with the shears and chain saws.
But before you begin hacking at your trees and bushes, take a tip from a certified Arborist. Prune absolutely nothing in the fall! That goes for shrubs and plants also as trees.
Here are some pruning fundamentals, to become used when it is a safer time to trim back trees and shrubs:
Understand why fall is not prime time for pruning. As I attempt to stress every year at this time, pruning them now stimulates new growth just when the plants are attempting to go dormant, and this severely weakens the plants. Plus, if you prune on a warm day, sap rises up into the plant. Then, it drops below freezing that night, and it becomes ugly.
Rather, prune in the dead of winter or in early spring. That is in the event you cannot stop yourself. Spring bloomers can get a haircut right after they finish flowering. But get over this pruning obsession-few plants other than fruit trees actually need it, and most people except for Certified Arborists do too much, not too little.
Nonetheless, correct pruning of overgrown flowering shrubs or fruit trees close to your home will assist the plants produce much more flowers and fruit, which may also benefit wildlife. Just remember…don’t do it in the fall! Waiting till winter means that most woody plants are dormant, and because leaves have already fallen, it tends to make it simpler for you to see what you are doing. For early spring bloomers (like lilacs and spireas) that only require light pruning, prune them just after they finish blooming. For extremely overgrown deciduous shrubs, winter pruning is most likely best.