08 May 2019

4 Reasons for Summer Tree Pruning

4 reasons for Summer Tree Pruning Portland Oregon
4 reasons for Summer Tree Pruning Portland Oregon

Even though most people prefer to do their pruning around winter time, performing tree pruning during summer does have its benefits, especially for fruit trees and trees that need damage control.  Also instead of being out in the cold trying to shape a tree most people tend to enjoy their tree pruning during the better weather months that we have in Portland, OR.

Here are 4 reasons to keep in mind during tree trimming and pruning during the summer months.  Keep in mind that each situation can be unique so feel free to talk to our Portland Arborist in order to help with their experience and tips.

Benefits of Tree Pruning During the Summer Months

  1. Benefits the Growth of Fruit Trees - Fruit trees are the trees that benefit the most from Summer Pruning.  Cutting branches and leaves that aren’t needed will inherently let more sunlight to infiltrate and hit the branches that need more development.  Portland tree pruning done the right way can also benefit trees to grow bigger fruit of better quality.  As we know trees are living and breathing so less wasted resources on branches that bring no benefit means more air and light to the healthy parts of the tree. It is highly recommended to prune cherry and apricot trees during the late summer months of July and August because if trimming is done during the rainy season then it increases the chances of these types to contract diseases.  Plum, Nectarine, and Peach trees also receive benefits from summer time pruning. These tend to grow quickly and tall fast but often don’t provide the proper development of strong branches. Pruning them during the summer can increase the growth of sturdy limbs and leave you with better quality fruit.  It's always good to speak with a Portland tree pruning specialist to help you with your specific fruit tree.
  2. Get Rid of Dead Branches - Tree pruning during the summer is vital because it leaves us with the advantage of being able to remove diseased, dying, or damaged tree branches.  Keep in mind that the point of removing a damaged tree limb is to keep it from causing further damage to the rest of your tree. By getting rid of the dying limbs we increase the resources that will go towards better growth.  We also reduce the chance of the dying branch falling off and potentially causing damage to you, your family or property by anticipating controlling when it comes off by cutting it off ourselves.
  3. Prevent Pest Invasion - Preventing a pest invasion would be the only benefit on its own in order to encourage someone to do summer tree pruning. We need to identify any limbs or fruit that have signs of pest bites or damage and remove them in order to protect the rest of the healthy tree.  You are also preventing pests from invading the rest of your fruit trees leaving you with quality and scrumptious fruit for you and your family to enjoy. Also it is very important to dispose of these pest invaded branches and fruits far away so that the pests aren’t free to comeback in infest your tree again, please do not compost them on your property.
  4. Increased Growth -  Another benefit of pruning during the summer is that it is during a time of growth.  Our Portland Arborists recommends that the proper way to prune weak branch growth by pruning 3 inches from the end of each leafy shoot.  It’s recommended to repeat the pruning process after a few months if there is fast shoot growth occurring.

Summer Time Tree Pruning: Things to Consider

Tree Pruning during the Summer time is mostly to help give the tree a solid base and to shape it up since it's easier to give it shape while the leaves are out as opposed to winter time pruning.  Although during the winter time it is better to do a more extensive pruning because it puts less stress on the tree. Keep in mind that if you are going to be trimming off some limbs it is best to do it during the early summer, this way it has time to heal.  If you do it too late in the season then the tree becomes at risk for water damage and with water comes a higher chance of fungi and diseases developing.

If you still have not decided if or when to prune or how much to cut or which limbs to cut you can always contact us here at R&H Tree Service. We are a professional and reputable Portland Tree Pruning Company.


13 Apr 2019
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Best Time For Tree Removal

Trees add so much value to our gardens and yards that it can be difficult to make the decision to have them removed. But when a tree poses a risk to humans and structures or if it has become damaged, decayed or died, there may be little option but to have it permanently removed.

So how do you decide when is the best time for tree removal?

The following factors play an important role in choosing a good time to have a tree removed:

1. A Hazardous Risk

When a tree becomes a hazard, it is better to have it removed sooner rather than later, regardless of the other factors listed below. A tree becomes hazardous if it has branches that overhang a structure. These branches can collapse due to weather conditions or under the sheer weight of the leaves causing major damage to a roof, walls or other structural elements. Branches that are damaged or decayed may also be a reason for immediate removal of a tree.  A proper pruning would be in order so that it can keep only the healthy branches and cut off the damaged ones that are only draining valuable resources from the tree.

2. A Dead Tree

A tree that has died adds no value and can also be hazardous. Dead trees can be removed at any time as the other factors for the best time for tree removal will have very little effect on the removal. Once again, sooner rather than later is the best rule to follow as the tree can fall over or loose branches can be a hazard.


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3. Root Structure

Trees that have extensive root structures should also be removed as soon as possible. These roots can grow into water and drainage pipes causing significant damage and blockages. Roots also pose a threat to the foundation of a structure and can weaken or even damage it.

4. Diseased Or Infected Trees

Diseased trees or those that have become infected with parasites or fungus are another good reason for immediate removal. The disease, fungus or parasites pose a threat to the rest of the trees or plants in your garden and this risk should be eliminated as soon as possible to prevent the spread of the infection.

5. Time Of Year

Trees that are still living and do not pose an immediate risk should preferably be removed during their dormant season. This mainly applies to deciduous trees that have a seasonal cycle. The dormant season normally occurs at the end of winter just before new leaf shoots arrive in the spring.

The reason that this is the best time of year is because the tree carries less foliage and is therefore much easier to cut down, cut up and remove. In addition, it is far less messy to remove the tree at this time. The ground has also just begun to thaw at the start of spring making it soft enough to remove the roots while ensuring that it is hard enough for any surrounding trees and plants to remain stable and in place.

The ground factor means that this is also a good time to remove evergreen trees or trees that do not lose their leaves in the fall and sprout new ones in the spring.

6. The Cost

Tree fellers, an arborist and other type of tree removal expert will charge more to remove trees during the busy season which is between winter and spring. Opting to have the trees removed a little earlier, out of this peak season, can save you some of the expense of having the tree expertly removed. Earlier in the winter months is ideal if you are looking for a more cost-effective professional tree removal service.

Always keep in mind that tree removal is a hazardous process and the task is best left Portland Tree Service experts.

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