Tree pruning is essential for all the trees on your property. Every 2 to 5 years, depending on the species, you should plan to prune your trees to ensure proper growth and spread. A tree that has not been pruned won’t grow as tall or be as robust. Plus a neatly trimmed tree means better property values and a longer-lasting investment.
Winter is by far the best season to trim your trees, thanks to their dormancy. During the active growing seasons, trees are using resources for growing processes. The process of tree trimming in the spring, summer or fall can cause undue stress on your trees if you are not careful. There are also many other benefits to pruning trees during the winter months:
One of the top reasons to prune during the dormant season is it yields to great visibility while performing the job. Without leaves on the tree, it is easier to see the target branches to be trimmed and find imperfections to be removed. An obstructed view could lead to your tree being trimmed too much on one side. You also might miss a broken branch or other defects in the structure.
Avoid Insects, Disease & Heat Stress
It is advantageous to schedule tree trimming in the winter months because insects and disease are more common during warmer months. If a tree has any disease, there is a lower likelihood of it spreading to another tree via the trimming process during the dormant season. In addition, your trees will be less susceptible to heat stress because they will have time to heal before the hot and humid summer weather arrives.
Is pruning your trees in the wintertime right for you?
If you have certain species of trees or are looking to maximize the impact of a good tree trimming, you should consider scheduling a pruning during the winter. Both you and your trees will experience a lot less stress. Most tree service professionals will recommend the same thing based on their knowledge of proper tree care.