When is the best time to prune trees?

Winter is the best time to prune your trees!

Have you ever noticed your trees in the wintertime? Probably not! Most people only pay attention to their trees when the leaves start to emerge or when the leaves start to change color. Do you know when the best time is to prune your beautiful trees? You guessed right! In the winter!


Trees go dormant in the winter months which means their growth cycle as well as their developmental and physical activity slows. Trees do this to help conserve energy through the long winter months. Since there are no leaves, the tree also slows down its sugar uptake which is usually used to conduct photosynthesis. By pruning limbs in the cold months the tree can redirect most of its energy to healing over the wound created by pruning cuts.


Pruning in the summer months can lead to the tree bleeding unsightly sap from pruning wounds as well as unnecessary stress caused to the tree. Trees that are stressed are more susceptible to diseases as well as leaf loss. You never want your tree to lose its leaves in the hot summer months because this can lead to sun scorch as well as dead limbs that are unsightly as well as unsafe.  


We recommend pruning trees when the temperature drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature guideline helps reduce the spread of unwanted diseases to your healthy trees as well as unwanted stress. Most beetles that spread diseases stop moving around the 45 degree mark and thats when we like to get into the trees! Our goal is to provide you with great service as well as keeping your trees healthy through the whole process.


It’s also much easier to visually see the branch structure when the leaves are no longer on the tree.  This helps you, the home owner, see exactly what we plan to do while pruning and accessing the canopy of your tree. If you have any questions about the best time for pruning your tree please contact us here!

Why is it important to hire a Certified Arborist?

Certified Arborist know trees!

There are a couple things to keep in mind when it comes to caring for your trees and our goal is to help you make the process as easy as possible when looking for the right company to work with. Your trees add significant value to your property as well as reducing energy costs in the summer and winter through shading your home from the sun to blocking the cold winds that try to combat your warm home all winter.


Hiring a Certified Arborist is very important in providing the best possible care for your trees. A Certified Arborist is an individual that is trained in the art and science of proper tree care. By compiling their knowledge about what each individual tree needs and how to properly care for them, a Certified Arborist is an expert on all things related to trees. 


Certified Arborist are required to obtain 30 CEUs (continuing education units) every 3 years to keep their certification. This helps guarantee that we keep learning to help provide you with the best care possible. By attending trade shows, going to classes, teaching other Certified Arborist or attending tree climbing competitions all help us boost our knowledge to help us be the best for you and your trees!


The beautiful flower of a Red Maple (Acer rubrum)

The beautiful flower of a Red Maple (Acer rubrum)

Jake has been a Certified Arborist since 2012 and prides himself on being one of the only Certified Arborist in Port Huron, Michigan and the surrounding Bluewater Area. We have been brought onto different properties to help the homeowners with a plan to properly care for their urban forest. Always be sure to hire a Certified Arborist to prune and care for your trees!