Proper Times & How To Trim Evergreen Trees

13th Jul 2013

How and when to trim evergreen trees


Evergreen trees symbolize the Winter season. Their piney scent and decorative Christmas feel give you the warmth all year round. Whether you have an acre of Evergreens or just a few in your yard, maintaining the upkeep of your Evergreens are important for a healthy and vibrant tree. Buy evergreen trees at any good reputable plant nursery.

How To Trim Your Evergreen Tree

The Evergreen trees have a terminal bud on top of the leaf and fascicular bud towards the bottom. The area in which you should prune (trim) would be the needles that lie between the terminal bud and the fascicular bud. Towards the end of the branch you will notice the area without needles. This area is not to be trimmed. At a forty-five to sixty degree angle, trim the outside of the branch collar, leaving the collar to prevent decaying. Don't coat the already trimmed leaves unless you are preventing a disease-carrying insect from rupturing the branch collar. However, some instances are beneficial for dressing a wound that are susceptible to diseases. Cut twelve inches from the trunk and halfway through the underside of the limb. Next, cut through the limb of the top, just about a half an inch past the first cut.

When To Trim Your Evergreen Tree

Your Evergreens should be trimmed and looked after during times of severe weather or when unexpected damage occurs. Trimming during months of dormancy is most common and will result in a burst of flourishing growth during the Spring. Refrain from trimming Evergreens at the end of Summer and beginning of Fall. This may cause the prematurity within the leaf to be exposed to cold weather, thus killing them off unexpectedly. When learning of when to care for your Evergreens, certain Evergreen trees require trimming on specific times of the year. Some branches may be pulled back mid to late Spring and some require trimming in the Summer to maintain a specific size. Evergreen magnolias may be removed when their blooming season is through. This provides growth and development of their ticker crown. During the Christmas season, minimal trimming provides little to no harm to decorative trees. 

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