Why You Should Never Prune Trees in the Fall

By: Alberta Arborists - September 20, 2016

There’s a biblical verse that talks about how there’s a season for everything. We’re pretty sure the Good Book doesn’t mention when’s a good time to prune, but we can tell you for certain - never prune in the fall! Read on to learn why autumn pruning is a big no-no.

Why Is Pruning in the Fall Such a Bad Idea?

Autumn is a time when animals and plants are preparing for the winter. They’re conserving energy for the cold months ahead.

The purpose of pruning is to encourage new growth. Autumn is the wrong time of year to encourage new growth, because the plant is “powering down” so it can survive during the next few months.

Since your tree is entering dormancy in the fall, it doesn’t have the same capacity to heal itself as it would during other times of the year. And here’s something else you should know about pruning - even though it can be beneficial for trees, it actually causes an injury to the tree. Trees don’t heal the same way humans do. The human body creates a scab that eventually falls off, revealing new skin. A tree seals off the injury; more wood grows over the wound, but has less capacity to do so as the the weather's cooling.

Some Trees Shouldn’t Be Pruned in the Fall

There are other good reasons not to prune trees in the fall - some trees simply shouldn’t be pruned during autumn at all.

Oaks can fall prey to oak wilt disease if you prune them between April and October. Prune apple trees in late winter; if you prune them in the autumn, you’ll later find drying and die-back at the pruning sites.

Choose a Tree Care Expert to Tend to Your Trees

When you hire someone to care for your trees, you want someone who has the knowledge and experience to maintain your trees and ensure they’ll grow to be strong and healthy. Select a tree care expert to prune your trees the correct way and at the right time of year.

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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