Why is December the Best Time to Prune Oak Trees in Texas?

December is the best time to prune oak trees in Texas. It’s not too hot and not too cold. The weather is perfect for pruning so that the oak tree to blossom in spring. Even though this is the ideal time to prune your oak trees, this does not mean that you ignore pruning issues earlier in the year. A good rule of thumb is to prune your trees when they need it.

Regular tree trimming, or pruning, is important since consistent pruning trains foliage for healthy growth even among saplings, or thin, young trees. December is the opportune time to have trees trimmed. The fallen leaves actually help us to view structural weaknesses clearly and to perform any necessary maintenance. This clarity also reveals overlapped and rubbing branches.

Generally speaking, spring is the worst time to have your trees pruned unless there’s a necessity to do so. Why? This is when trees revitalize the nutrients stored during the winter months. Tree trimming during the spring can lead to lost nutrients and the foliage may suffer from shrinkage and other damage.

If you choose to prune your oak trees in December, you can be sure that it will promote fast regrowth in the spring because most plants are dormant in the winter. We do follow some pruning rules when we do your trees. For example, we prefer to prune on a mild, dry day. We prune dead and diseased branches first. Afterwards, we remove the overgrown and smaller branches to increase light and air in the crown of the tree. We generally keep the branches that develop or maintain the structure of the tree. This is in the best interest of the tree’s overall health. We cut branches at the node, which is the point at which one branch or twig attaches to another. We find it’s healthiest for the tree.

Now, if you decide that you want to prune your oak trees this December, we encourage you to call us as soon as possible. As you can well understand, our schedule fills up quickly. We would love to help you prune your oak trees this December. Feel free to call us at 512-341-8888 today and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.


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