Thank you for the fine work on our Cedar Elms. All the mistletoe is gone and your crew left the yard so clean, you can’t even tell they were there. Thank you again. ”- Tom D.
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5 Benefits of Pruning Trees in Winter
You might think that once your deciduous trees have lost their leaves, that they’re “put to bed” for the winter. You might even think you can’t prune them during the winter months.
In reality, your trees are still active on the inside and will
continue to grow new roots in our climate. Winter is also one of the
best times to prune your trees. Here’s why:
- Pruning deciduous trees
(species that drop their leaves) in winter means our arborists are
better able to identify damaged, dying or dead branches. Sometimes all
those leaves can camouflage problems. When your tree is bare, it’s also
easier to make decisions about where the best place on the branch is to
make a cut. Without foliage in the way, we can see exactly what is going
on with your tree.
- Canopy restructuring
is a useful process for urban trees that are outgrowing their space.
Often, these trees are pruned the wrong way, leaving them damaged and
looking bad. In winter, our arborists can get the full picture of the
structure of your tree’s canopy and make a clear plan for how to
restructure the canopy so it grows where you want it to.
- Trees pruned in the cooler months are able to heal pruning cuts faster.
As trees slow growth in winter, they also slow down the uptake of
sugars to the leaves for photosynthesis. Pruning in winter, when there
are no leaves to use up energy, allows your tree to put that energy
directly into healing it’s bark.
- There are less pests, bacterial and fungal diseases lurking around in winter, meaning
there is less of a chance your tree will be infected after pruning. The
sap from a freshly pruned tree attracts a plethora of pests. Less sap
oozes during a winter pruning, which helps cut down those pests that are
looking for host trees. Diseases such as fire blight, oak wilt and hypoxylon canker are much less likely to spread during winter months.
- Prevent winter tree damage by scheduling your pruning as early in winter as possible. The goal is to have overgrown hazard branches removed before an ice storm hits and causes damage. Proactive tree maintenance will greatly reduce damage to trees and even your home during storm season.
For details on why good pruning encourages stronger, more vigorous trees, visit our past post HERE.
to call your local experienced and certified arborist sooner rather
than later when it comes to scheduling your winter tree pruning.