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Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks

4 Important Facts About Trimming Your Florida Trees

Spring is the season when property owners begin scheduling professional tree trimming from their local tree service company. Here are four facts you should know about tree trimming in Florida.

1. Pruning and Trimming Help Trees Grow Healthy

While you can ignore many trees that get along just fine, some neglected trees can become hazards to people and property. Timely and appropriate trimming and pruning of trees support healthy, vigorous tree growth.

Trees with overly thick canopies need thinning so the upper branches have airflow, access to sunlight, and free movement. Look up at the canopy of your mature trees while standing next to their trunks, and observe whether you can see through the leaves. When trees have canopies so thick that you don't see any sky through the leaves, hire a tree service to thin out your trees.

Trees with multiple leaders (main trunks) are interesting to look at, but the multiple leaders become hazardous as trees with this condition age. Hire your tree service to prune out multiple leaders on younger trees to encourage healthy tree-trunk development and avoid splitting tree trunks during hurricane season.

Trimming of vertical branches is another method to strengthen trees. Branches oriented at least 45 degrees horizontally to tree trunks are more securely attached to trees than upright branches. Upright branches can sometimes develop into double leaders as they grow. Double leaders are more prone to break away from the tree in strong windstorms.

2. Ideal Trimming Times Depend on Species

No ideal time exists to prune or trim all species of trees. The best time to prune a specific tree depends on its age, health, growth pattern, and growing conditions. More importantly, the species of tree dictates the optimum trimming and pruning schedule.

Some flowering trees shouldn't be trimmed until their spring blooms have died. That's because the trees' blooms occur on last year's growth. If your flowering tree produces blooms on new spring growth, you can schedule trimming or pruning of those species of flowering trees in late winter or any time of year.

When you want to limit the growth of trees, schedule trimming of foliage trees after they have their initial growth flush in spring. Since the trees expend a lot of resources pushing their initial growth bursts, the trees are stressed right after their first growth flushes. Only trim trees after initial foliage flushes when you want to limit the sizes of the trees, since trimming at that time adds more stress to trees.

Palm trees generally require no pruning except to remove coconuts and large palm seeds throughout the hurricane season. Some deciduous trees are best pruned when dormant. Trees that are sick, diseased, or growing in unhealthy ways may be trimmed or pruned at any time of year.

3. Fruit Trees Require Thoughtful Pruning

If you dream of overflowing bushels of fruit from your trees, you need to schedule precise tree-trimming and -pruning services to enhance fruit production. Carefully prune fruit trees at least once a year after they reach maturity. Most fruit trees are mature at around three years of age.

Proper trimming and pruning of fruit trees achieves the following results:

  • Adjusts crop loads

  • Enhances tree growth

  • Reduces need for fruit thinning

  • Helps create stronger branches

  • Allows sunlight and air into canopy

Experts recommend that you schedule trimming and pruning of deciduous fruit trees while the trees are dormant in late winter and early spring. However, if you trim fruit trees before the danger of frost is past, any new tree growth can receive damage by freezing temperatures.

To learn the best times to trim your evergreen fruit trees and some citrus plants, consult with your tree-service professionals. Each species of fruit tree has its own yearly cycle, so optimum times to trim evergreen and citrus fruit trees will vary throughout the year.

4. Sap Drip Can Be Avoided With Timing

A number of tree species have heavy sap flow in early spring. If these varieties of trees receive trimming or pruning during the heavy sap flow period, the sap may drip conspicuously down the tree.

You can avoid the sticky sap drip by waiting until late spring or summer to schedule trims of the following species of trees:

  • Avocado

  • Birch

  • Cottonwood

  • Elm

  • Flowering dogwood

  • Hackberry

  • Honeylocust

  • Magnolia

  • Maple

  • Mesquite

  • Poplar

  • Silk-oak

  • Walnut

  • Willow

You can still schedule trimming and pruning services for all of the above species of trees in early spring without harming the trees. The sap drip is messy and unattractive but doesn't affect the health or growth of trees.

Get rid of dangerous limbs and increase the health of all of your Tampa-area trees by scheduling tree-trimming with Pete & Ron's Tree Service, Inc. We offer safe, reliable, affordable tree-trimming services for property owners throughout Pinellas County and Hillsborough County in Florida.

Kimberly Woebse