Why Winter Tree Pruning Should Be More Than Just an Afterthought

The days are shorter, the weather is colder, and the last thing on anyone’s mind during the Winter is, “Should I prune the trees in my yard today?” We don’t blame you! Maintaining the trees on your property throughout the year requires time and effort, but keeping your trees freshly pruned even during the colder months is crucial for healthy, beautiful trees. 

What is Tree Pruning?

Tree pruning is removing dead, diseased, or damaged tree branches. Pruning also includes shaping and thinning the tree branches where needed. Proper pruning of your trees (and shrubs) keeps them thriving while extending their lifespan. It is also essential to keep your tree close to its natural form for optimal growing. Leaving dead branches on your trees can cause damage to the tree itself as well as pose a potential danger to your home or property when that branch falls. Snow and harsh winter winds can knock loose branches into your home, garage, roof, or nearby power lines.  

When is the Best Time to Prune Trees?

While light pruning can be completed in the summer months, the best time of the year to prune trees is in late winter. Heavier pruning, removing those dead or damaged branches, should be done in the late winter when trees are not actively growing. Pruning branches in the summer and fall can cause trees to start new growth in the wrong season. Waiting until the trees are dormant prevents undue stress on them. In addition, new growth that begins in the fall or winter often dies the first time the temperatures drop below freezing. The spread of diseases is also reduced because the cause of the infection often goes dormant in colder temperatures as well. Lower branches on evergreen trees and shrubs can also be pruned in the winter for aesthetic purposes. 

Winter Tree Pruning Should Move to the Top of Your To-Do List

If you have dead, damaged, or loose branches or tree branches touching your home it is time to prune your trees. Finding the time between the holiday season and new year’s resolutions can often be challenging. Hometown Tree Experts are here to check winter tree pruning off your to-do list. Our professional team has the knowledge and proper equipment to safely and correctly prune your trees this winter. Our expertise ensures that we won’t over-prune any tree branches or shrubs which can lead to irreparable damage. Our certified arborists know where to cut and what to remove to eliminate unnecessary pruning. We care for both the health and the appearance of your trees and shrubs. From controlling the shape and size to ensuring continued growth, give us a call today to schedule your tree maintenance services.