Trimming Your Crabapple Trees

Crabapple trees are uniquely beautiful. Not only do they develop lovely white or pink blossoms in the spring, but they also grow attractive red fruits in the fall. However, crabapple trees do require some care, which includes trimming. Keep reading to learn why trimming is so important for crabapple trees, and also to discover some tips for good trimming.

Why Trimming Is So Important

There are a few reasons why trimming is essential for crabapples.

1. It ensures airflow through the branches.

Crabapple trees tend to grow very dense branches. This prevents the air from flowing through them, which means the leaves and fruit can stay too wet. That extended wet period can lead to rot. Trimming to remove extra branches improves airflow and keeps things dry,

2. It helps prevent disease.

Crabapple trees are prone to a number of fungal diseases like apple scab and cedar apple rust. Trimmers can remove the affected branches early in the infection process, preventing the disease from spreading throughout the tree.

3. It reduces the number of apples that fall. 

Some crabapples make the tree look nice in the fall. Too many crabapples just get messy to clean up. Trimming helps keep crabapple production manageable.

Tips for Trimming

Some homeowners like to trim their own crabapple trees. If you choose this route, make sure you start with sanitized shears. Otherwise, you risk spreading disease to the tree. Also, make sure you leave a little nub behind when you cut the branches off. This reduces sap loss so you don't see as many insects.

The best time of year to trim crabapple trees is early in the spring or late in winter. You want to do this before the buds set to ensure you don't limit the tree's flowering.

If you're a little hesitant to trim your own crabapple, just call a tree care service and have them do this for you. They'll know which branches to remove in order to give the tree a good shape, ensure airflow through its branches, and encourage nice apple and flower production. Most tree care companies are happy to trim crabapple trees.

Now you know a little more about crabapple trees and the importance of trimming them. A good trim every spring will do a lot for your tree. Contact a tree trimming company in your area if you have any other questions or if you need help with crabapple care.