Perks of Pruning in Winter

winter tree pruning

While many might think landscaping work ends with the warmer months of the year, winter is actually ideal for pruning trees!

Tree pruning is like surgery for your trees. When trees are dormant, they are essentially asleep – making work performed during that time significantly less traumatic. Dormant trees don’t use precious energy resources to “heal” the wounds created by the pruning, leaving energy resources to be used for overall healthy growth of the tree in the spring.

The lack of foliage on trees in the winter also gives our tree experts the chance to spot issues in tree canopies and get a head of dormant diseases.

Spotting Hidden Issues

When leaves fall away, it’s easier to identify any concerns that need to be addressed. Winter pruning work makes it easier to uncover:

  • Deadwood
  • Broken limbs and branches
  • Decay in canopy
  • Disease indicators: swelling, open lesions on branches, darkened bark

DLL’s tree experts can address any issues that might have been hidden by full foliage, and help correct them to maintain the health of your trees.

Fighting Dormant Diseases

Several tree diseases, like Brown Rot and Fire Blight, are dormant during the winter.

There is a significant decrease in the risk of spreading diseases when pruning is completed in the winter when these diseases are “sleeping.” Diseases are less likely to become airborne when pruning during dormancy, and pruning “wounds” on trees are less susceptible to other diseases in the winter.  DLL works to prevent contamination during growing season prunes, but winter pruning is another solid way to reduce the risk of disease spreading.

Take advantage of the benefits of winter tree pruning, and encourage healthy spring tree growth by contacting DLL today for a free tree pruning estimate!