Trimming Pine Trees for the Season

By: albertaarb - November 10, 2016

How much do you know about properly trimming pine trees? Timing's half the battle, and it's necessary for keeping them happy and handsome. Read on to learn more about how and when your pine tree needs attention.

When it’s the Right Time to Trim

The best time to prune pine trees is in late winter to early spring. This is their dormant period, so pruning then allows them to recover from their wounds as warm weather begins in spring, and it prepares them for the growing season. Trimming inspires new growths that are healthiest in warm weather, and healthier trees are more attractively robust.

Maybe you feel your pine tree is the perfect height and fullness already and doesn’t need to get much bigger. If so, remember that from early June to early July, pine trees are in their candle stage. During this period, new, thick shoots called candles appear at the ends of the branches. You can safely pinch off one to two-thirds of these candles to limit a tree's growth of its present size.

Light trims once a year should usually suffice, shaping pine trees by removing crowded branches. Occasionally, you may need to remove dead or diseased branches before an infection spreads.

What is the Best Way to Maintain my Pines?

Pine trees like a dense, compact growth pattern. You can help them achieve this by pinching back candles or new growth tips during spring. Break them by hand at about the middle.

Trimming pine trees to shorten the branches, however, can backfire, because they tend to grow symmetrically, and so shortening branches can make it look lopsided. An exception to the late winter pruning is when removing dead or diseased tree limbs. If you notice your pine tree has a disease or that certain limbs lack foliage, don’t wait: you should remove those branches as soon as possible. This will protect your tree and the rest of your garden.

Can Professionals Ensure my Pines are Thriving?

Professional arborists are the best-qualified professionals for trimming your tree so that it maintains its health. At Alberta Arborists, we have helped countless people get rid of trees safely and efficiently, and we can help you, too. Our highly experienced arborists are trained to deal with any tree removal in any location and can ensure no damage is done to your property.

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