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Fall is Here – It’s Time for Tree Pruning!

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 12 October , 2016
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Just as fall is a perfect time for planting in San Diego, it’s also a good time for pruning trees. While seeking the optimum time depends on the type of tree, here are a few examples of trees that thrive with fall and winter pruning.

  • Fruit Trees
    The dormant times are ideal pruning opportunities for fruit trees. Specifically, we’re talking from December to January or even through February. If you prune them during the warmer months, you run the risk of slowing their ripening process, which can make the fruit vulnerable to sun damage.
  • Conifers
    Trees including cedar, cypress, redwoods, pines and eucalyptus all should be pruned from November through February.
  • Deciduous
    The prime time for pruning these trees is between November and January. Examples include ash, birch, maple, sycamore, sweet gum, Italian alder, Chinese elm, Chinese pistache, ginkgo, cape chestnut and fruitless mulberry.
  • Broadleaf Evergreens
    You can actually start pruning these now as the optimum time is October through March. These trees include camphor, carrotwood, oaks, olive, peppermint, kaffir plum and bronze loquat.
  • Flowering Trees
    In most cases, you should wait until the tree is finished flowering before pruning. These trees include crape myrtle, cape chestnut, lemon bottlebrush, coral trees, Bradford pears, and acacias.



There’s a bit more involved in pruning than just blindly cutting limbs. Here’s how we recommend you proceed:

  1. Take a few moments to examine the tree’s dimensions and imagine how it will look once the limb(s) you want to remove has been cut.
  2. Make note of – and avoid cutting – the major branches that establish the tree’s frame.
  3. Once you’ve identified the damaged branches or the ones you simply want to remove, make your cut – on the underside of the branch – several inches away from the trunk.
  4. Only remove the limbs that are necessary to be removed; each cut potentially weakens the tree’s defense mechanisms from insects and other dangers.


If you need help pruning or have a few questions on how to further identify which trees and branches need to be pruned, we’d love to help! Contact us at Juniper Landscape Company today at (619) 334-9464.

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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