Though storm season may be a great time for cleaning up the trees around your property, it isn’t necessarily the best time for pruning or trimming trees that you want to keep around. To maintain your trees’ foliage and produce fruit in season, you’ll need to take care of the branches and leaves in the off-season. Let’s take a look at the times of the year when proper care will help your arbors flourish.

Young Trees

Young trees of all kinds require pruning to grow, both for their strength and for shaping them into aesthetically pleasing forms. Your location will determine the time of year that they’ll need trimming, so consult with an expert to make sure you’re taking the best care of your little trees that you can.

If you keep up with them when they’re small, trees will need less care as they grow. At least once a year, check your new trees and see where they may need some timely pruning. Cut off problematic branches before they get too big so the wound heals better: think of the difference between a scab on a scraped knee and the scar after major surgery.

Leafy Trees

You’ll find that the best times to trim leaf-filled trees are before leaves start to appear but after the coldest part of winter has run its course (this is not true for oaks). February and March trimmings will allow the contractor to choose appropriate branches and limbs. The tree’s wounds will heal the fastest right before the new life of spring breathes into them. 

Oak trees are the exception to the deciduous rule, preferring an earlier trim than their cousins. They do best when you prune them between December and early February. Oaks are also prone to oak wilt, an infectious fungus that some beetles spread if they can get into the tree’s sap through an open wound. Spare your trees; trim the oaks early.

Evergreen Trees

You won’t need to prune evergreen trees much since their dead branches often fall off without help. However, if you notice limbs the tree would be better off without, you can call a trimming company at almost any time of year. If the branches put your property at risk, your best chance to trim them away is in late winter.

If you want to promote a particular shape in your trees, you’ll need to trim them in the right places. You’ll look for buds regardless of the species: side buds on spruce and fir trees, which your contractor will cut immediately behind, and terminal buds on pine trees, which they can pinch off a portion of the way down.

Flower and Fruit Trees

If your trees produce any fruits or flowers, you have more trim-time flexibility. If you’re planning to harvest any fruit or keep bright blossoms around your home, you should hire a trimming service after the flowers bloom. However, the timing only matters for some species and under varying circumstances.

In a subtropic state like Florida, though, where trees have frequent access to sunlight and water, you don’t have to worry too much about trimming at the wrong time. The contractors should be cautious to avoid cutting off too much live tissue, but you can rest easy knowing that they won’t kill your trees without a lot of work. 

For full tree services from trustworthy contractors, get in touch with Knuckleheads Tree Service. We’ve been catering to tree damage in Tampa Bay for over 25 years, specializing in hurricane damage and stump removal. Contact us today for a team that cares about the safety of customers and employees alike, taking every precaution so that when storm season comes, you can feel secure in your home. 


  1. Tree care on August 24, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Article is spot on. These guys know their stuff.

  2. Tree service near me on August 24, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Trimming your trees once every couple of years will actually help with the overall growth of the tree.

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