Winter Tree Maintenance: Why You Should Prune Trees in Winter

When you think about maintaining and trimming your trees, you likely picture taking care of those tasks during the warmer months. While watering, pruning, fertilizing, and general maintenance can be done during the growing season, there are some tasks that should be taken care of during the winter months. Pruning and trimming your trees is one of those tasks. And while it might seem counterintuitive, trimming your trees during the winter months can actually improve their health. Here are a few reasons to schedule a tree trimming appointment once winter is in full swing.

It’s Easier to See the Full Structure
When your trees are leafed out during the warmer months, it can be tough to see the underlying structure of the tree. Those leaves block the limbs from view and make it more difficult to see potential damage and parts of the tree that won’t be able to support growth in the long term. By trimming trees in winter, your plant health care team will be better able to see the full structure of the tree and make appropriate decisions about where to trim and how much growth to remove.

Diseases Are Dormant
When you trim trees during the warmer months, you risk spreading diseases and pests. This is because cutting into infected limbs can expose spores that can spread quickly to other plants on the air. Worse, those trimmed spots on the tree are more vulnerable to insect infestations while they heal and recover. By trimming trees during the winter months, you’ll keep your trees and surrounding landscaping safer. Fungal growth and insects are both dormant during the winter months and will be less likely to spread throughout your yard.

It Sets Your Tree up for a Better Growing Season
Trimming during the winter helps your tree preserve resources for spring growth. As your tree heals, it won’t be splitting its resources between producing new growth and healing the injury at the trimming site. That means your tree will heal faster and will be more likely to be fully recovered once the weather warms up. Since it won’t be splitting resources between producing new growth and healing the trimmed site, your tree can put all of its resources toward growing, resulting in a fuller canopy, more blooms, and more shade to help you cool off during the summer months.

Pruning in Winter Can Reduce the Impact of Storm Damage
Excess growth can end up causing strain on your trees during periods of inclement weather. High winds and heavy snows can cause branches to break and the more weight on those branches, the more likely it is that your tree will be damaged. By trimming your trees during the winter months, you’ll reduce the risk of storm damage that could threaten the health of your trees and the safety of your property.

Winter Tree Maintenance Is Essential
Winter tree trimming and pruning isn’t just possible—it’s also a great idea and can help you protect your trees for years to come. Keep in mind that trimming is something you should always leave to the professionals. Contact Root Tree Service today to schedule an appointment and let our team help you keep your trees looking great.
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