Archive for October, 2012

Fall Pruning?

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

In general, I don’t recommend pruning in the fall, except to remove one or two errant or broken branches, or to remove dead wood. This type of pruning can be done anytime, but remember that individual species can vary quite a bit in what they can tolerate. Because decay fungi spread their spores profusely in the fall, and healing of wounds seems to be slower on fall cuts, this is a good time to leave your pruning tools in storage.

Late winter is the best time for major structural pruning. When spring breaks, the tree is ready to vigorously burst with new healing and growth, so the results sought through the pruning effort are more quickly attained.

Pruning in the summer can also be a better time than fall, especially if you need to correct errant growth, or slow the growth of a part of the tree that you don’t want.

Some general guidelines on when to prune are presented below. Click to enlarge.