Usually, the best time to trim a tree is in the later winter or early spring. This way, you don't risk traumatizing the tree before the cold, harsh winter months. You also don't cut away new growth that the tree has already put so much effort into developing. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. Here are some indicators that you should be proactive and have your tree trimmed as fall rolls in.
If you look up into the tree and see one or more broken or cracked branches of substantial size, then you need to call a tree trimmer. Once winter comes and snow and ice start building up on the tree, these branches will be more likely to break away fully. They could fall onto the ground and prove a tripping hazard in already icy conditions, or they could blow into a window or onto your roof. Removing branches that are already damaged will not be too traumatizing to the tree, and doing so in the fall will prevent bigger problems in the winter months.
Fungal infections are a big issue for trees. If you notice any of the following symptoms, your tree probably has a fungal infection of some sort:
- Spots on the leaves
- Cankers or wounds on the tree branches
- Mushroom-like growths on the tree's trunk or branches
There are lots of different fungal species that can infect trees, and each one has to be dealt with in a different way. However, tree trimmers usually do recommend removing the most affected branches in order to keep the infection from spreading. It's best to do this sooner rather than later, which means having your tree trimmed in fall can be a good choice.
"Invasive branches" is a fancy term for branches that are growing somewhere they should not be. Branches growing into power lines, over your roof, or against a window are all considered invasive branches. The longer you leave these branches in place, the more likely they are to cause damage. So, you should have such branches removed in the fall rather than waiting for springtime.
If you notice any of the signs above, then it is a good idea to have your tree trimmed in the fall. While fall is not the most traditional time to trim trees, there are definitely times when a late-year trimming is called for. To find out if you need to trim your trees, call a tree care company, such as Git-R-Down Tree Service LLC.