It’s time to cut back the tree branches that brush against your home as well as general pruning to tidy up your landscaping.
Why now? The leaves have almost all fallen off, and the tree has gone dormant.
- In early fall, pruning wounds close more slowly and plants are more at risk for fungal diseases than at other times of year. For most trees, the best time for major pruning is late winter to early spring because wounds close faster.
- Pruning in late summer and early fall may also stimulate new growth, which has little time to harden before cold weather comes. The cold can harm this tender new growth, and the tree may need more pruning in spring to remove the damage.
- If you want to prune in fall, wait until trees drop their leaves and are dormant—usually October or November. After leaf drop, you can see the tree’s structure and identify disease and insect problems more easily. Dormancy (especially late winter to early spring) is also a good time to prune evergreens because vigorous spring growth will hide pruning wounds.
You also want to remove branches that brush against your home before the big storms hit. It saves on the wear and tear of your house and keeps away heart attacks when the branch bangs against your window.
It’s a good idea in general to keep foliage away from your house because it provides an easy path for rats and squirrels to get into your attic.
Take proper safety precautions at all times. Hire a professional tree trimmer to remove big limbs, high branches, and any other tree job that you’re not prepared to do.
When you’re up there trimming, take a look at the screens and vents to ensure that a rodent hasn’t chewed its way in. If it has, you may need to call an exterminator to trap and get rid of whatever set up home in your attic space. You’ll need to repair the screens and check them regularly as rodents have been known to chew their way back into a nice warm place.
Do you trim your own trees or do you hire someone to do that?