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How to Properly Prune Your Trees

Prune your trees to enhance growth and reduce the risk of fire and damage.

The first question to ask yourself before pruning is about the best time of year to prune. In general, the worst time of year to prune is during the fall, as it can often do more harm than good. Pruning causes regrowth, so if young growth is not hardened before winter, the cooler temperatures can cause damage and winter burn to shrubs and trees.

For winter survival, spring beauty, and root development, prune trees and shrubs just after winter and during the summer months.

Here are some top tips to put your trees on the path to enhanced flowering and a beautiful success!

  • Trim or prune a tree during its dormant season, if possible.
  • Be conscientious about the size of the branches that are going to remove.
  • Only trim branches that have weak, V-shaped, narrow angles. Retain branches that have strong, U-shaped angles.
  • When pruning is complete, the ratio of living crown to tree height should be two-thirds.
  • Try to prune away branches when they are young.
  • Don’t trim a branch too close or too long. You shouldn’t leave a large stub or remove the branch collar.
  • Safely dispose of cut tree branches to reduce to risk of fires.

If you’re not quite the tree-pruning expert that you’d like to think you are, contact Enhanced Landscape Management. Our trusty professionals can fulfil all of your landscape management needs in Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, and Conejo Valley in California.