The short answer is that there is no definitive answer, as the frequency of tree pruning depends on a number of factors, including the type of tree, its age, and its location. However, as a general rule of thumb, most trees will benefit from being pruned every 2-3 years.
There are a few exceptions to this rule, however. For example, fruit trees will need to be pruned more frequently (typically once a year) in order to encourage fruit production. Similarly, fast-growing trees may also need to be pruned more often in order to keep them under control.
Common UK tree types & how often you should be pruning them
Here are a list of tree types, and how often you should be looking to prune them if you live in the UK:
- Fruit trees – Once a year
- Coniferous trees – Every 2-3 years
- Deciduous trees – Every 2-3 years
- Fast-growing trees – More frequently (as needed – speak to our team if you require further insights on your tree types and recommended pruning intervals for fast-growing trees)
Why is maintained tree pruning so important?
Pruning helps to keep trees healthy by removing dead, diseased or damaged branches. It also encourages new growth, and can help to control the shape and size of a tree.
In some cases, pruning can also help to improve the quality of the fruit produced by fruit trees.
For the UK specifically, pruning is vital for helping trees to withstand strong winds – a non-negotiable consideration given the unpredictable nature of our weather!
What happens if I don’t prune the trees in my garden?
If you don’t prune your trees on a regular basis, they will eventually become overgrown and unruly. This can cause a number of problems, including:
- Blocking out light from your home or garden
- Damaging property (e.g. through falling branches)
- Creating trip hazards
- Attracting pests and diseases
Pruning is an important part of tree care, and should not be neglected!
Want to ask our team a question?
As always, it’s important to consult with a qualified arborist before undertaking any tree pruning, as they will be able to advise on the best course of action for your particular tree. Reach out to our team today for a no-obligation quote related to tree surgery, pruning, felling, or even if you just require thoughts from an expert team on how often you should be pruning your trees based on their type.