For the sake of aesthetics and health, pruning is an essential part of landscape maintenance. While the trees may appear to be low maintenance during the winter months, many homeowners and business owners mistakenly assume this to be true. That is why they don’t use a tree service to perform necessary maintenance during this time of year.
Experts say that the best time to prune a tree is in the late fall or winter, which helps the tree grow to its full potential in the summertime. The possibility of harm and infestation to a landscape is significantly increased if it is neglected during the dormant season.
What is dormant pruning?
Dormant pruning involves standard procedures on trees and shrubs while not growing or blossoming. Pruning is the process of shaping and recovering an overgrown tree or shrub that has been injured or infected, as well as the removal of dead, diseased, decaying, or undesired branches.
Importance of pruning dormant trees
Results from pruning trees while they are dormant are maximized in the spring. Trees are best pruned in the winter because without leaves to obscure views; problems are more easily seen and corrected. Experts have no trouble determining where a tree should be pruned to preserve its health and structure. Less stress is placed on the trees while they are dormant, allowing them to heal and prepare for new growth in the spring. The trees won’t have to divert resources from nourishing healthy branches to treating diseased or damaged ones. Improved oxygen and light levels, both crucial to healthy growth, are another benefit of performing corrective pruning.
To improve the property’s aesthetics, it is easier to shape trees accurately while they are dormant. Due to the overall ground’s firmness throughout the winter, heavy machinery can be used with less risk of damaging the landscape or producing soil compaction. In addition to maintaining the landscape’s aesthetic, dormant pruning enhances the quality of the leaves and flowers that bloom later in the year. Wintertime pruning keeps tree limbs from blocking driveways and stomping on foundations.
Avoiding injuries and property damage from falling branches in the cold season is more accessible when the trees are devoid of overgrowth and dead, weak, or moldy branches. By removing dead branches that could fall on a person or cause property damage or attract unwanted pests and insects, winter tree maintenance helps bare trees better weather the coming storm season.
Better disease control
Pathogens that thrive in warmer weather can enter the tree through the wounds left by the pruning process. But, the tree’s sensitivity to pests or diseases is restricted during the winter, reducing the likelihood of illness spread. That is because the microorganisms, parasites, bugs, and bacteria that cause these problems are either dead or dormant.
Increases tree life
If you want to keep your dormant trees healthy all year long and put off having to cut them down, you should prune them regularly. Extreme winds, snow, heat, and ice, are no match for sturdy trees. Healthier trees have a better chance of thriving and living longer during the growing season.
By removing dead branches, you can prepare a dormant tree for a flourishing spring and summer. If you want the full advantages of dormant pruning, you should contact a tree service in your area.