With 11 months of warm weather and plenty of sunshine to stimulate growth, residents in Palm Harbor, Florida, have an abundance of trees to trim at any time of the year. Unfortunately, many homeowners either don’t trim their trees at all or do so at the wrong time of the year. Here are possible reasons you might trim your trees, whether it’s a palm or a crepe myrtle, and other tips for tree care.
When deciding whether you should trim your crepe myrtle or other yard trees, make sure that the reason for doing so falls into one of the following three categories. Otherwise, you may be needlessly trimming your trees and harming them.
When trimming a tree, make sure to do so in its dormant season – unless it poses a risk to your immediate safety. For example, when pruning a crepe myrtle, you’ll want to do so in late winter or early spring before new growth starts since it blooms on new wood. When trimming a crepe myrtle or any other tree in your backyard, follow these tips.
Special tip for trimming crepe myrtles: Never cut your crepe myrtles down to look like stubs in the spring. If you do this, you’ll ruin the tree’s natural form and promote the growth of weak, leggy branches. Instead, use hand pruners to shorten the branches at the top by just a few feet.
For more information about trimming your trees and maintaining your backyard through the ‘winter’ time, check out our services page or contact us at (727) 478-2864.