Meteorologists predict that Palm Harbor, Florida, and the rest of the state will experience cooler and wetter weather conditions in the next three months because of a strong El Nino this winter. With that in mind, residents should make it a priority to prune their trees to avoid possible damage that the severe weather could cause. If you’re not familiar with tree pruning and general tree care, consider the following information as a guide to help you keep your trees in good shape.
The best time to prune your live branches will depend on the results you desire. To maximize growth and minimize the problems associated with pests, prune your deciduous trees in the early spring just before growing season when they’re dormant.
Remember, some tree pathogens might spread if the pruning wounds are made while the pathogen vectors are active. As such, you shouldn’t prune vulnerable trees during an active transmission period. You also remove any symptomatic branches of diseased trees as soon you see the common signs and symptoms.
You can remove diseased, dying, broken or dead tree limbs at anytime without negatively impacting the tree. You will experience reduced plant growth, though, if you prune your trees during or after the initial growth flush – a time when trees expend a lot of stored energy in producing roots and foliage. It’s recommended that you avoid pruning your trees during this time, as most trees are stressed.
In addition to the benefits that pruning offers for growth and pest control, you can also prune to prevent or enhance flowering on your landscape trees. To enhance flowering on trees such as the crepe-myrtle or the linden, prune them in the winter before their leaves emerge and during the summer after they bloom. You can prune fruit trees during their dormant seasons to improve their structures.
For more information about general tree care and other tips, consider how trimming a tree improves its health or contact us at 727-478-2864.