Tree pruning is essential for all the trees on your property. Every 2 to 5 years, depending on the species, you should plan to prune your trees to ensure proper growth and spread. An unpruned tree will not grow as tall or as strong as you might like and will also be unsightly. A neatly trimmed tree means better property values and a longer-lasting investment.
Winter is by far the best season to trim your trees, thanks to their dormancy. During every other season, trees are using resources for growing processes. The process of tree trimming in the spring, summer or fall can cause undue stress on your trees if you are not careful. There are also many other benefits to pruning trees during the winter months.
Perhaps the most obvious reason to schedule a tree pruning in the winter is to allow for the best visibility. Without lots of leaves on the tree, it is easier to see the target branches to be trimmed and find imperfections to be removed. An obstructed view could lead to your tree being trimmed too much on one side. You also might miss a broken branch or other defects in the structure.
Avoid Insects and Disease
You should schedule a tree trimming service for specific species of trees only in the winter. Insects and disease are more common in warmer months and can be attracted to the sap of some trees. Disease present in one tree is also less likely to spread to your other trees if you prune in the winter as they are dormant. During the winter, your trees will be less susceptible to stress because they have time to heal before bugs return in the spring.
Frozen Ground Means Less Damage
Finally, tree pruning is an excellent option for winter to make use of the frozen ground. Your other landscaping will not suffer as much stress or damage from heavy equipment, foot traffic, and fallen branches. Snow cover will also prevent damage to your grass, shrubs and perennials. Both frozen soil and snow offer a buffer to lots of action in your yard.
Is pruning your trees in the wintertime right for you?
If you have certain species of trees or are looking to maximize the impact of a good tree trimming, you should consider scheduling a pruning during the winter. Both you and your trees will experience a lot less stress. Most arborists will recommend the same thing based on their knowledge of proper tree care.