Prune in early spring, late winter for a healthy tree

While light pruning can be done any time of year, early spring and late fall and are an excellent time for full-tree pruning. Prune before the tree has begun setting leaves so its resources are devoted to recovery.

Dead and diseased branches should be removed first, then secondary cuts for shape, structure (no lopsided trees!) and ventilation.

More on how to prune fruit trees or shade trees.

We also recommend professional arborists to do the work for you. Tall, old or diseased trees are not only an eyesore, but also a hazard for people and property.

We’d like to thank the folks at The Davey Tree Expert Company and Lumber Jack & Jill Tree Service for helping us clean up our long-established trees on the nursery. We will also be using the mulch they created to help over-winter the stock trees.

Originally published on March 5th, 2011. Updated on April 30th, 2019.