Featured Image Caption: Common Trees for Pruning
Most trees need some type of pruning at least once a year. By pruning your trees at the right time of year you ensure the tree has strong roots, beautiful flowers, and foliage for the ensuing year. But when is the right time to prune? The answer to this question really depends on the type of tree you have. Here we list the best times to prune three common outdoor trees homeowners may have.
Sun Valley Maple
The red maple is a fast-growing, hardy tree. One of the most interesting features it has is its brightly colored fall leaves. This front yard shade tree is extremely resistant and can grow to about 25 feet. It doesn’t need much in the way of tree care, but it should still be pruned every couple of years. The best time to prune the Sun Valley Maple is in the summer once the leaves have grown. Winter is not a good time to prune because it can start bleeding sap.
The Red Buckeye is a tree that blooms in the early spring. Hummingbirds tend to love this particular tree. If you plan on having a wildlife garden, this is a great tree as it can grow almost 30 feet tall. Another benefit is that the red buckeye is drought tolerant.
It is best to prune during the summer, but if your tree is in its full growth stage then you might want to prune in late fall.
The Crape Myrtle is the lilac of the South has a long flowering stage with clusters of flowers that come in all the colors of the rainbow. It is a graceful branching tree and is great for a front yard as it grows from 4 to 11 feet.
The best time for tree care is in early spring before new growth starts. If you need help with pruning, consider finding a professional that knows how to safely care for the tree. Professional maintenance will ensure that your trees enjoy a long life.
Pineapple Guavas are tropical fruit trees that make a great yard tree and offer great shade. They go from spring flowers to summer fruit. Birds love the fruit too.
You should prune in late winter but you can trim any time. This tree does well in sun but also in partial shade.
Kwanzan’ Flowering Cherry
This tree becomes a lovely pink flowering tree in the spring. The tree has a vase shape and works in most yards. It grows between 15 to 25 feet tall. Prune in the fall or early winter. You can even prune in early spring before it starts to flower or after it has finished flowering.
Redleaf Japanese Maple
The Japanese maple comes in an assortment of sizes. Some are straight up and others weep. They can grow as tall as 25 feet and have a vibrant leaf color throughout the year. You can prune any time of the year if you cut selectively. Most people prefer to prune this tree in winter or summer though because the leaves are gone and it is easier to see and work with the branches.
Most yard trees can be pruned in the fall or winter. However, as in the case of the Sun Valley Maple, some trees grow better when pruned in the summer. Take some time to research your trees. Understanding the particular needs of your plants will allow you to care for them more effectively. Consistent and proper maintenance is the key to keeping your trees alive and healthy. If you are ever unsure of how to care for a tree, look for a knowledgeable expert that can help.
By Brooke Chaplan
who is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home and residing in Los Lunas, New Mexico.