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Tree Pruning- when is the best time?

Tree Pruning

Pruning is an essential aspect of tree care, as it helps to promote the tree’s health, shape, and aesthetic appeal. Timing is critical when it comes to pruning a tree. Pruning at the wrong time can cause harm and even death to the tree. In this blog, we will discuss the best time to prune a tree and why it’s important to do so at the right time.

So when is the best time for tree pruning?

The best time to prune a tree depends on the species of the tree and the purpose of the pruning. 

Deciduous trees

Deciduous trees are characterized by loosing their leaves in Autumn. Examples of  deciduous tree are Oak, Maple or Beech. The best time to prune deciduous trees is during the dormant season. This is typically between late autumn and early spring. During dormant season the tree is not actively growing, and pruning will not cause as much stress to the tree. Additionally, it is easier to see the tree’s structure while there are no leaves.

Coniferous Trees

Coniferous trees tend to be evergreen and are characterized by having spines rather than leaves. Some examples are Pine, Spruce, and Fir. Coniferous trees are best pruned during the growing season, typically between late spring and early summer. This is because the new growth will help to conceal any pruning cuts and provide a natural wound closure.

Fruit Bearing Trees

It’s important to note that fruit-bearing trees such as Apple and Cherry should be pruned when they are dormant. This is usually in late winter before the buds begin to swell. Pruning at this time will help ensure a bountiful fruit harvest.


There are however certain exceptions to these general guidelines. For example, if a deciduous tree is prone to bleeding sap, it is best to prune it during the growing season when the sap flow is minimal. Similarly, if a coniferous tree is infested with pests or diseases, it is best to prune it during the dormant season when the pests and diseases are less active.

How to carry out tree pruning effectively

In addition to timing, the method of pruning is also important. Proper pruning techniques include making clean cuts, removing dead or diseased branches, and removing branches that are crossing or rubbing against each other. It is also important to avoid over-pruning, as this can cause stress to the tree and leave it vulnerable to pests and diseases.


Proper pruning is essential for the health and appearance of trees.

Timing is critical and depends on the species of the tree and the purpose of the pruning.

Deciduous trees should be pruned during the dormant season, while coniferous trees should be pruned during the growing season.

Fruit-bearing trees should be pruned when they are dormant, usually in late winter.

Additionally, proper pruning techniques and avoiding over-pruning are also important.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your trees are healthy and beautiful for years to come.

At Ideal Tree Services we really care about the tree and it’s health and will never recommend work that doesn’t need doing and will always give the best advice from our extensive knowledge.