Your trees are the pillars of your landscape, creating shade, and adding dimension to your yard. Strong as they are, it’s easy to ignore your trees, but, like any plant, they need proper care to stay healthy. That includes winter care, like pruning. Winter tree pruning will help promote growth, boost health, and increase their chance of survival.
Pruning Your Trees in the Winter
Trees go into a type of hibernation called dormancy during the winter months, and their metabolism slows. Just like animals, trees do this to give themselves the best chance of survival through the hard days of winter. Instead of dealing with harsh winter weather, they just wait for the easy days of spring to wake up and tackle reality once again, much like Canadian snowbirds.
By pruning your tree in the midst of winter, you get rid of extra, non-essential bits of your tree, allowing it to preserve its strength and nutrients through the winter months and focus on the essential parts of itself, thus giving it a greater chance of survival.
Benefits of Winter Tree Pruning
There are a number of benefits you give to your tree through winter pruning:
- Health Boost – By getting rid of dead or diseased branches, you make it easier for your tree to preserve its strength and also give it a better “immunity” against bugs come spring.
- Less Tree Stress – Because the tree is dormant there’s less stress to their system during pruning. Think of a doctor putting a patient under to do surgery on them, only this time the sedation is self-inflicted by the tree. This encourages faster recovery in your trees.
- More Beautiful Shape – It’s easier to shape your tree in the winter since there’s no excess foliage to work around.
Infinity Winter Tree Pruning
It’s important to prune your tree properly, as you don’t want to cut off essential parts of your tree. Infinity’s arborist understands your tree and where to prune to give it the best chance of survival this winter. Give us a call to talk about how to properly prune your tree, and to get a quote on pruning it this winter.