How to Trim Flowering Trees


Flowering trees are beautiful additions to the home garden and typically bloom in the spring. Timing is everything when is comes to trimming these types of trees. If you do it too late, you might not have any flowers the next year. If you clip them too soon, you could mess up this seasons spring blooms.

Step 1

Wait for the right time to trim. Trees that bloom typically develop their buds for the next years spring early. To avoid trimming off all of the potential flowers on your tree, it is best to trim soon after the blooms have dropped off for the year. If the tree also produces fruit, then wait to prune until after harvest.

Step 2

Locate the branches you want to trim and decide on how much you want to cut off. Do not trim too much off of main thick branches, or you will get a lot of tiny branches growing straight up.

Step 3

Set the blade of the tree trimmer in a notch or joint of the branch you want to trim and saw at a slight angle. For thin branches you might be able to clip them with loppers, which is much quicker. For whole branch removal, cut about a foot or so from the main trunk. Cut first from the bottom up about half way through the branch and then cut from the top.

Things You'll Need

  • Tree trimmer
  • Loppers
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection


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