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When To Prune Your Tree

The best time to prune depends on the type of tree.

Type of Tree When To Prune
Maples  July
Birches  July
Other deciduous trees January - April
Fruit trees See Pruning Fruit Trees - Ontario Minsitry of Agriculture and Food
Evergreens Pruning is not recommended, however, the least damaging time is May - June

For those who require assistance trimming large trees, the City recommends using a certified ISA Arborist.

Elm Pruning Bylaw

Elm trees can only be pruned from October 1st to March 31st when elm bark beetles are inactive. For more information please see the Community Standards Bylaw 14600.

Pruning Tips

  • Keep your pruning tools sharp and clean.
  • Never prune out more than one quarter of the tree crown at a time. If your tree requires a lot of pruning, spread it out over several years.
  • Remove all diseased limbs, dead and dying limbs, and crossing branches.

For more pruning information, see Trees Are Good.

For More Information

311 Contact Centre

Online Contact 311 Online

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555

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