Guess What Time It Is... Prime Pruning Time

February and March are often viewed as the LONG. COLD. GRAY. MONTHS. The months between the joyful, white, snow covered days of winter and the outdoor BBQ-ing, sun-filled days of summer. While this may be the truth, there is something else these months represent…


Yep, that’s right, while it’s best to wait until the coldest part of the winter has passed, February and March are the ideal months for tidying up your trees.  Pruning during dormancy results in new growth in the spring, especially on everyone’s favorite beautiful flowering branches.  

Are you picturing those ever so lovely cherry blossoms yet?

Before you go running outside with your hand pruners and lopping shears, we’ve created a quick list of the most common pruning mistakes... have you ever considered hiring a professional for this job?

3 Biggest Pruning Mistakes:

  • Making the wrong cut: The location of the cut is critical.  Cutting the branches in the wrong spot has potential to change the growth of the tree and may lead to stem decay, sprout production and irreversible damage.  Trees don’t heal like people do.  When a tree is wounded, it grows over the damage, meaning the error is contained within the tree forever.  That’s a lot of responsibility…

  • Pruning at the wrong time of year:  While pruning during dormancy is the most common practice, proper timing is essential to insure attractive, healthy and productive plants.  It’s important to determine pruning needs on a tree by tree basis.  Did you know trees can bleed?  

  • Not pruning at all:  Not only will not pruning result in overgrown trees, it can also become a property hazard.  Proper pruning will not only encourage new growth and eliminate dead or dying branches, but it will also keep your property safe all year long.

While you may be perfectly capable of taking on this endeavor on your own, know that we’re always here to lend a hand.  At KPM we have a team of professionals who are solely dedicated to performing tree services for our clients.  Proper pruning is essential in developing a tree with a strong structure and desirable form… plus, when done properly, they make your property look ohhh so pretty!