Best Time To Trim Tree's
January: Perfect time to trim deciduous trees.
February: You should schedule citrus pruning after February 15, the average last day of frost in Phoenix. Pruning can be done through mid-March, the aim being to wait to prune as long as possible to avoid frost damage, but before citrus blossoms set.
March: Now is prime time for pruning most evergreen trees and shrubs. March is a good month for fertilizing all trees.
March and April: They are great months to plant citrus and most other trees as soil temperatures have warmed up and root activity increases. There may still be time to spray your olives, but you need to schedule soon.
May: This is a good time to prune trees to prevent storm breakage during summer monsoons in July and August. Alleviate end weight on heavy branches. May is the month for the second application of citrus fertilizer.
June: The heat of summer is the best time to plant and transplant palm trees. Trim Mexican fan palms after June 15th to be sure to get all the seed pods in one trimming. Trim Queen palms anytime after June 1st. Queen palm seed pods continue to emerge throughout the fall and winter, so the longer you wait, the more seed pods you will remove.
June: Now is a great time to alleviate end weight on your trees before the monsoon winds arrive in July. As you'll see in the July/August section we recommend late summer pruning of mesquites and other vigorous tree varieties. Just be careful not to wait too long to prune them. If your trees look heavy, especially at branch ends, it may be best to prune sooner than later.
July / August: Life in the desert is on simmer. Monsoon storms are here now or due very soon. Batten down the hatches, adjust tree stakes and enjoy the rain!
August: The month for the third application of citrus fertilizer. (Feb/May/Aug/Oct)
September: Just as air and soil temperatures begin to drop in September, you can resume trimming most evergreens, both hardwoods and conifers.
September and October: These are good months to fertilize your trees. Research has shown that stored nutrients from fall fertilization produce vigorous growth in the spring.
October: A great month for planting and transplanting evergreens.
November & December: Great time for Trimming most Trees.
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