Fall is approaching and many Omaha homeowners are cleaning their yards and gardens. With fall cleanup often comes the desire to start pruning and tree trimming. Fall, however, is not the appropriate trimming time for many trees. So put those pruning shears and saws away and let’s take a look at why…

At its most basic purpose, tree trimming is good for new growth. When trees and shrubs are trying to go dormant, spurring new growth before a hard freeze can be damaging to the plant. Most routine pruning to remove weak, diseased, or dead limbs can be accomplished at any time during the year with little effect on the tree. In general, growth and wound closure are maximized if pruning takes place before spring growth occurs. So winter and early spring are prime times to have your trees trimmed.

While these are general rules, it does not mean that these are hard-and-fast rules for every tree in your Omaha yard. Trees are unique and require specific types of pruning in order to maintain a mature tree in a healthy, safe and attractive condition. A tree type, age, condition and location all dictate how it should be trimmed. This is why a certified Omaha arborist is important for the longevity and attractiveness of your home’s trees