When is the best time to have my trees pruned?

best-hedge-prunerPruning and training should start when trees are quite young. This will prevent many serious problems before they develop. Older, neglected trees are more difficult, dangerous, and expensive to prune. Most of the pruning on older trees should be done when they are dormant; there is less weight on the limbs. At this time, it is easier to see the framework of the branches. Pruning of young trees should be done when problems can be observed.

Some trees, such as birch, dogwood, elm, honey locust, maple, and walnut exude excessive sap from the wound when pruned in late winter or early spring. Sap flow does not hurt the tree. Prune these trees in late spring, summer, or fall to minimize sap flow.

The time of pruning should take into account the life cycle of insects and diseases.
Plants in the genus Prunus (flowering cherry, cherry laurel) are prone to develop bacterial cankers. The spores for the diseases, which are released in fall and early winter, can enter plants through fresh pruning cuts and wounds. Prunus trees do not initiate new cankers during late spring or summer. Dogwood borers are most active in May, June, and July. Thus, dogwoods should not be pruned during these months.


Our goal is to provide you with a dependable estimate to best fit your budget and answer any questions you may have.

For an accurate estimate we need to come out and look at what you are thinking about. It’s impossible to give an estimate over the phone due to the many different locations and techniques of pruning/thinning and removing trees. Please contact us at (425) 788-5616 to set up an appointment with you as soon as possible.