Winter Pruning

Published on October 31, 2017   pruning winter

Just because there is snow on the ground it doesn’t mean pruning has to stop. Despite what many people think winter time is a very good time to prune a tree. During the winter the tree is fully dormant and tree disease issues such as fire blight transmission on apple trees, black knot infection on chokecherry, etc. are not issues.

Another advantage is the tree can be fully observed and inspected by the arborist doing the pruning. In summer, parts of the tree are hidden by foliage and can easily be missed. Structural branch pruning is best done now.

Pruning or tree removals done in winter have a minimal affect on the landscape since the frozen soil plus the snow cover minimizes impact of dropped branches. Winter tree removals reduce soil compaction, so trees and shrubs maintain healthier root systems.

If you have an annual or perennial garden under the tree being pruned the impact on the plants will be negligible if done in late fall or winter. We recommend waiting for the dormant season for pruning in highly maintained garden areas.

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Decay, disease, storm damage and age all harm the trees we cherish. Luckily, there are steps we can take to prolong their lives like pruning, cabling and bracing and training. Jobs like these — and other dangerous jobs like removals and pruning—are best left to the experienced arborists at Parkland Tree Care. We have the necessary tools, equipment and knowledge to safely care for your trees and shrubs.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for a consultation or a free estimate please call us at 204-981-8273 or fill out the form. Let us know what your tree requires and one of our arborists will get back to you at the earliest possible convenience.