The best possible time to trim trees in Arizona will vary based on type of tree. Timely trimming can help your trees look better, live longer, and improve overall health. This article will tell you exactly when to cut different tree species.
Best Time To Trim Trees
For all Arizonans, the best time of year to trim certain trees may differ depending on location. Southern Arizona citizens should typically trim trees at different times than those living in Northern Arizona. These differences are based on when the cold seasons set in at various parts of the state. Tree trimming is certainly not a one-size-fits-all task. Different species, located in different areas will need to be trimmed accordingly.
This article will go over the best time to trim these tree species:
- Citrus trees
- Fruit trees
- Oak trees
- Palm trees
- Maple trees
- Mesquite trees
- Desert trees
These trees are sensitive to frost damage. While it is extremely rare for the desert to reach frost-inducing temperatures, it is still suggested that you wait until February to trim citrus trees. The prime season to trim these trees starts around the middle of February and lasts until the end of March. Try to avoid trimming any later than the end of March, as the foliage helps protect trunks from being scorched by the summer sun.
Fruit trees, featuring apples, pomegranates, nuts, nectarines, apricots and peaches, are best to trim from December until February. Most owners will want to control the height of the fruit bearing tree branches, since trimming makes harvesting all of the aforementioned fruits much easier.
The colder months of the year are the times when oak trees should be trimmed. Just like fruit trees, it is recommended to wait until December before trimming. Perform any trimming all the way up until mid February, when temperatures begin to rise in Arizona.
The best time to trim palm trees is considerably later in the year than citrus trees. Experts suggest waiting until after mid June to trim these trees. This is the best time of the year to remove seeds that are forming, plus any dead fronds or leaves.
Maple tree trimming should be completely avoided during the winter months. During this time, the trees will ooze sap. Trimming will cause the trees to bleed, typically leaving a mess in your yard.
Mesquite trees grow exceptionally fast with long branches developing quickly. Therefore, it is best to trim these trees ahead of monsoon season. The months of May and June are the ideal times to trim mesquite trees. Avoid any storm damage by trimming before the storms.
Trim desert trees from December all the way through February. These trees need to be dormant in order to avoid any stress caused by pruning.
The month of March is the perfect time to trim evergreens. If you forget or can’t get to the trees in March, then September is the only other month when trimming should be performed.
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