Tree Trimming Toronto

Jack of All Trees

Tree Trimming Toronto

Why is it important to prune trees?

Many homeowners in Toronto come to us to help with tree trimming only when they have a problem with their trees. They may, for example, need dead branch removal or to cut back trees that are too close to a house or building. Done well, regular pruning will promote a good tree structure and health. Tree trimming and pruning should be done on a regular basis to ensure your trees stay safe and looking good.

This is where you really need a professional. Each cut performed in pruning has a big impact of the tree and has the potential to change its growth. No branch should simply be removed without having a clear vision of how you want the tree to grow and develop over time. Arborists understand tree biology and what trees need for healthy growth, so will trim and prune your trees to optimize their health and structure. Removing the correct stems and branches to achieve the best result over time is as important as making the correct pruning cut.

Along with promoting tree health, trimming trees correctly can help with reducing shade and wind resistance, influencing flowering, or fruiting and improving the overall aesthetics of your garden or land. Jack of All Trees uses a range of methods such as crown cleaning, structural pruning, crown thinning, vista pruning, crown reductions and crown restoration.

How much should I trim from my trees?

It’s important when trimming trees to understand how much pruning they can tolerate. Before  carrying out any tree trimming or pruning we will do a thorough assessment of your trees and discuss your long term objectives so we can factor these in. We will advise you if there are limits to how much you can trim from your trees without harming the tree. Younger trees can tolerate a higher percentage of live branches removed from their canopy. But when pruning a mature tree, you must carefully consider the size, species and position. We can also provide speciality pruning such as espalier and pollarding.

If you would like a free assessment of your trees, please contact us to arrange a site visit.

Would you like a free quote for tree trimming or pruning?

The best time to trim trees and prune hedges is generally late winter or early spring, depending on the species. Get in touch for a free quote for professional tree trimming.

Best time to trim hedges?

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Hedge maintenance is an essential part of looking after your garden. Regular pruning will not only keep your hedges looking neat and tidy as they grow, but promotes the health of the hedge. How often you trim your hedges depends on the type of shrub or tree. Some hedges may only need trimming once every two or three years, whilst more vigorous varieties may need trimming twice a year. It is much better to prune your hedges regularly and avoid problems, than skip this maintenance job and pay the price later with misshapen or unhealthy hedges.

The best time to trim hedges is when the tree or shrub is dormant. Deciduous hedges should be pruned just before the buds swell in the late winter and early spring. Pruning when the hedge or tree is dormant minimizes the risk of pest problems and diseases such as oak wilt. Trimming trees whilst they are dormant also allows the tree to take full advantage of the growing season for growth and wound closure. So, as a general rule, the best time to prune trees in Ontario is late winter.

However, the best time to prune trees and hedges does depend on their species and maturity, and to a certain extent personal taste. Trimming an evergreen hedge or trees is sometimes better carried out in the late Spring.  Pruning after the emergence of the new spring growth is the basis for a nice natural look, for example.

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Don’t leave it too late to carry out this important job, please contact us for hedge trimming prices or to discuss a regular maintenance routine for your trees, shrubs and hedges.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tree Trimming & Pruning

Removing dead or diseased branches can be carried out at any time. Trimming and pruning to encourage healthy growth is best done when the tree is dormant, usually late winter. But this can vary by species.

Yews should be pruned like a deciduous tree in the dormancy period so the late winter is a great time to start shaping your yew shrub.

Prune boxwood in the early Spring. You can safely remove branches to maintain the shape throughout the spring and into the mid summer. But if you cut later than that – late summer or the Fall the plant may not recover before the winter.

Hedges are best pruned in late winter when plants are dormant and before there are any buds. But it does depend to a certain extent on the species. You should prune evergreens early because they grow more slowly. You can get away with pruning deciduous hedge plants later in the season as they are faster growing. Don’t prune hedges in hot dry weather.

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