Tree pruning should happen before April
With spring finally here, it's a time when many homeowners want to begin the process of fixing up their yards. However, experts caution that now is not the time to do yard work because the ground is either frozen or too wet.

But there is one thing that you should do. If you have trees in your yard that need trimming, foresters want people to remember one thing: get everything pruned before April.

"Why we don't want to prune in April, May or June is we have a lot of diseases, the insects are starting to come out," said Plymouth City Forester Paul Buck. "So if we open up our trees with a lot of pruning wounds, we're just inviting a lot of diseases and insects to come and attack our trees."

In other words, Buck says that if you wait until the next few months to prune your trees, you could be doing irreparable damage, which could eventually lead to the loss of your trees.

So he's urging homeowners to trim those trees and branches over the next week. If that's not possible, then wait until later in the summer when there are fewer insects and fungus that could cause damage.

"They're such an asset that the wrong timing can be devastating," Buck said. So I just recommend to people that when we get into March, finish up all your pruning, be done with it. And let's just wait until August or September and re-prune at that point.

This message is especially for people with crabapple, elm, oak and locust trees, but foresters say it's a rule that anyone with a tree in their yard should follow.

The cost to remove a dead tree could range between a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars.

Delane Cleveland

March 23, 2017


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