Summer has now officially come to an end and Fall and starting to hit us full swing. Fall is a combination of warm, breezy days that are great for working outside in the yard. Tending to your trees now will save you a lot of stress come spring time but pruning is one tree maintenance that you should save for another season.
What is pruning?
The act of trimming a tree, bush or shrub branches by cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems in order to increase your the fruitfulness of your plant.
Pruning your tree branches allows you to shape and trim your tree, tailoring growth aesthetically to fit the design of your landscape. This allows you to remove dead or diseased limbs that allow decay to seep into the main trunk, damaging its overall health.
When is the right time?
In the warmth of our Alabama plant hardiness zone, trees are going dormant in autumn. Trimming your trees stimulates sap production and increases growth: a bad combination when your plants are hunkering down for cold winter weather. The ideal time to prune your trees is late winter to early spring; trees are already dormant, and the lack of leaves highlights the areas that need the most care.
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