Winter is the ideal time to prune your trees
There are many reasons why winter pruning is beneficial!
- Easier to see the structure without the leaves – and since the buds for spring have already formed, we can still easily spot dead wood.
- Insects, which are attracted to fresh cuts, are not active in the winter decreasing trees vulnerability to infestation.
- Less impact to surrounding landscape around trees such as turf and perennials, as they are dormant as well.
- Trees such as oaks, elms and birches can only be pruned in the fall or winter because of the diseases that insects spread like Dutch elm disease and oak wilt.
- Learn more about the Advantages of Winter Pruning.
- Learn why you should prune your trees.
- Young trees require pruning as well; subordination pruning.
As part of our comprehensive consultation, our highly knowledgeable Arborists provide an overall plan that will provide the structural direction and care your trees deserve!
Additional FAQs about Winter Pruning:
- Pruning (also called trimming) is one of the most important services for trees of all ages, and is recommended every 2-5 years depending on tree type.
- Pruning during the dormant season minimizes the amount of energy being taken away verses pruning during the growing season. Tree energy is stored in the roots in the winter and branch removal will have less impact on tree health.
- Our Certified Consulting Arborists are adept at assessing trees during their dormant state. For example, dead wood is noticeably different than live wood because of the discolored bark, dried and shriveled buds, or buds and bark completely missing because the branch has been dead for some time.