Just because the leaves have fallen doesn’t mean your trees should be neglected! In fact, the winter may be the best time of year to prune your trees for a healthy growth season. In this guide, we’ll explore the benefits of dormant tree pruning and other winter tree services.
The Importance of Strategic Tree Pruning
Tree pruning serves several purposes. First, it protects the tree’s overall health by removing dead or dying branches. This allows all of the tree’s nutrients to flow to the healthy parts of the plant, encouraging positive growth overall. Pruning also removes branches that are rubbing against each other. Those branches may prevent the tree from following the ideal growth path.
In some cases, tree pruning is necessary to thin out the canopy and create more light/air flow to the lower parts of the plant. Strategic pruning can prevent many safety concerns by removing branches before they fall. Furthermore, this process strengthens the tree so it can fight against pests and disease naturally. You don’t have to worry about pesticides and other chemicals on your property if your forestry can stand up on its own.
Advantages of Dormant Tree Pruning in Winter
Some trees do best when they are pruned during the dormant season. This usually occurs near the end of winter so the fresh edges are not exposed to the cold for long. The wounds from the pruning heal in the spring, which sets the tone for healthy growth throughout the year. The benefits of dormant tree pruning include:
- Reduce the risk of storm damage by thinning out the canopy
- Achieve the most accurate pruning possible on deciduous plants because they have no leaves in winter
- Keep pests and disease to a minimum because their spores are dormant in winter
- Reduce cleanup time by pruning bare branches
- Put less stress on the tree
- Set your trees up to look their absolute best for spring growth
Keep in mind that some trees do not do well with winter tree pruning. It all depends on the tree’s age, species, health, and other factors. We can recommend the best time to prune your trees during your landscaping consultation.
When Should I Prune My Trees?
Each species of tree has its own pruning standards. That is why we have a certified arborist on staff to head our tree services. Arborists understand each tree’s specific needs, so they can recommend steps for ideal plant growth and vitality.
If you’d like a consultation for tree pruning, tree care, tree removal, or other tree services in Michigan, contact Berns Landscaping at (586) 756-1145.