Just wanted to know if it is better to trim trees in the fall rather than the spring when the buds just start coming out.

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You don't mention the type of tree or where you live.  If it is a flowering tree, but not a fruit tree, you can prune when the blossoms die.  You can give it another pruning in the fall too.  If it is a fruit bearing tree, prune it after the fruit has been picked.

I happen to live in Zone 9 where we get no snow.  Sometimes we give our trees a dormant pruning so that we casn correct any structural problems like crossed branches.
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