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Anybody else trying to shed a few pounds to get swimsuit-ready this summer? It’s hard work! Especially at the barbecue when the host offers you a second burger, fresh off the grill and dripping with cheese. You hate to be impolite. Did you know that your trees can also benefit from summer tree pruning?

It’s actually not a bad time to do a little pruning. It is a bit of a myth that trees should only be pruned in winter. Many actually benefit from summer pruning; a tree in full swing heals quicker. It is also easier to see what impact you are making when they are in full leaf.

Give Your Tree a Summer-Ready Shape With Summer Tree Pruning

A summertime shape up is healthy for people and trees alike. Although the best time to prune any plant is typically in its dormant phase, trees will benefit from a nice mid-season trim as well.

Summer trims can cut down on the amount of pruning you’d have to do later in the year. Pinching off tender young branches is a smart idea if you want to encourage growth of thicker, sturdier limbs and discourage weak, “leggy” growth. A trim also can help keep the tree’s height in check, making it easier to maintain and manage. If you’ve got a fruit tree, summer pruning will promotes more blossoms (and more fruit!) the following spring. Fruit will mature better in sunlight, so allowing air and sun to reach the fruit will boost its size and sweetness.

Tips on Summer Tree Trimming

The warmer months are a great time to do some structural cleanup. Remove suckers, water-sprouts and branches that are crossed or rubbing each other. Take out “the three Ds” where you see them, too, (aka dead, diseased and damaged wood). Then the tree can direct its energy toward more vigorous branches and the production of flowers or fruit.

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