Nov 08, 2010

Homeowner Tip: Prune Trees Now, When No Birds Are Nesting

I know someone who left the tree pruning business because of his horror, one day, at watching a nest of baby birds fall from a tree after he'd unwittingly cut the branch. Birds are clever at hiding their nests, so even though he and other arborists are watchful, tree pruning done during the nesting months, particularly spring, summer, and in some areas early autumn, is risky.

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Late fall and winter, when trees are dormant, is the safest time to prune trees and large shrubs -- in many cases, for the tree's sake as well as the birds'. Then you can enjoy watching bird families make use of your trees next spring!