Winter is Tree Trimming Time

Have you noticed that if you look at your trees in the winter you can see the branches really well?

And, viagra buy  did you know that you can trim your trees in the winter in Arizona?

That means that now is a good time to take a look at your trees and see if they need trimming.  There are things to look for when figuring out if your trees need to be trimmed.  Here’s what you’re checking for:

Picture from woodacrestree.com

Picture from woodacrestree.com

  1.  Rubbing and crossing branches  – these branches become weak from rubbing together.
  2. Water sprouts – these branches grow when larger branches are removed.  Water sprouts are weakly attached and can break off in a strong wind.
  3. Dead branches – these branches are no longer useful to the tree and can easily break and fall to the ground.

Some things to remember when having your trees trimmed:

  • Only take off 25% of the canopy (branches) at any one trimming.  Taking off more than that can damage your tree.
  • Don’t leave stubs.  Branches should be cut back to the next largest branch.  Leaving stubs can keep the branch from healing properly.
  • Use a three-cut process to trim off larger branches.  This keeps the weight of the branch from tearing into the trunk.  Have the branch undercut a short ways out from the trunk but don’t cut all the way through the branch.  Do your main cut further out so that if the branch tears, viagra sales  it only rips to the undercut.  Then, make a final cut at the trunk.

Always look for a professional tree trimmer to trim your larger trees.  A certified arborist will know the proper way to trim your trees.  Trees are an investment and if they are damaged you might not know for a few years.  Sometimes, you end up paying a lot when you look for the least expensive way to go when having your trees trimmed.  Have it done right the first time and your trees will thank you.

Have a very happy New Year!

Deborah Munoz-Chacon, Sonoran Oasis Landscaping

Certified Arborist, International Society of Arboriculture #85053


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30 Comments

  1. Thanks for these great tips!

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  2. super tips. we’re in ct so we can’t really take advantage- we trim in spring here.

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  3. I didnt know this about trimming trees, especially not leaving stubs…did not know that was harmful.

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  4. We live on the east coast, but I was just thinking how we need to get our trees trimmed back. We’ll wait for warmer weather, though.

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  5. Great tips! Especially the one about using an undercut when removing a large limb.

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  6. My trees definitely need some trimming, and one needs to come down completely.

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    • You can often find tree trimmers who have time in the winter and can be flexible with their prices.

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  7. We have been working on some of this winter lawn care ourselves!

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    • Good for you Trisha!

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  8. I have some trees in my yard that really do need some trimming!

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  9. We don’t have a garden but will remember this for the future! Thanks for great tips!

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  10. These are really good tips to know! We are right smack in the middle of house hunting and will be in our own home soon. This info will be really good to have when we are taking care of our own trees!

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    • Good luck on your house hunting. Definitely look for a house with trees that aren’t too close to your home and make sure they are healthy.

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  11. I totally need an arborist to possibly take down a tree in my yard. I love it, but am afraid it may be damaging my driveway with its roots.

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    • That happens quite a bit when trees are larger Amy. They can do a lot of damage to walls and driveways.

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  12. oh good to know – we are trimming our trees Thursday – thank you!

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  13. What great tips these are. I have always been afraid to trim my trees in the winter (except roses, which should be pruned back Super Bowl weekend … except that the NFL has moved Super Bowl weekend…!!). I am happy to know I can get out there this weekend and do a little bit of landscaping without killing my primrose. But I have to be extra careful because Mr. T (my desert turtle) is hibernating underneath it and I don’t want to wake him up!!!

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  14. These are great tips. We are still trimming everything here too

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  15. We were just talking about this today! We have a big walnut tree that has branches too close to the house, so we’ll be trimming soon. Thanks for the tips!

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  16. This is actually very helpful! My husband has been talking about trimming our trees. I’ll forward him this link … and forward it to my dad, who’s been talking about trimming his trees too!

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    • You’ll want to wait until after the last freeze to trim your trees in colder states.

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  17. Thanks for some good tips on tree trimming. I have some trees in my yard that need to be taken care of and this information is really helpful.

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  18. These are really good tips. I have 4 apple trees that really need to be trimmed. They had a light trim last year and I will need to do it again.

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  19. All of our trees are still pretty small so we don’t have to worry about trimming very much. These are awesome tips though for when they grow bigger.

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  20. Thanks for these great tips. I didn’t know anything about tree trimming until I bought a house and the yard upkeep was up to me.

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  21. This is good to know. My brother handles all of the tree trimming issues but some day it will be my responsibility someday.

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  22. Great tips, up until reading this I wouldn’t have been confident enough to trim my own trees. Thanks for sharing!

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