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Tree Pruning in Winter is Ideal for Species that are Dormant During This Season

There is a belief among many home gardeners that tree pruning should never be done in the winter months.  Although these same gardeners might not recall where or when they heard this so-called rule, or who actually planted this thought in their mind, there is one small adjustment that should be made to this mindset – that the winter may, in fact, be the best time for tree trimming and pruning.  Okay, maybe not so small an adjustment.

While there will occasionally be exceptions to any rule or practice, and there are some relative to tree pruning during the winter, there is, generally speaking, one particularly strong reason favoring this time of year; for many types of trees, the winter is an ideal time to prune because it is their non-growing/dormant period.  A list of such tree species contains but is not limited to:

  • Oak
  • Sumac
  • Mountain Ash
  • Poplar
  • Spruce
  • Apple, Crabapple
  • Locust
  • Juniper
  • Cherry, Plum, Pear

There are several advantages to pruning trees during their state of dormancy, including:

  • Reduced potential for disease/insect infestation during cold temperatures
  • Limited time in which fresh cuts are exposed before healing begins in spring
  • Clearer sightlines for branch structuring and canopy shaping (lack of foliage)
  • Easier to identify, and subsequently remove, any dead/dying/diseased wood
  • Ease-of-access to any/all branches that may need to be removed completely
  • Provides an opportunity to identify/prevent underlying risks re: storm damage

There are several considerations or processes that should be respected when trimming or pruning trees during the winter.  These practices would consist of:

  • Any dead, dying, or diseased wood should be removed first
  • Avoid leaving small stubs – could lead to disease or infestation
  • Thin out crowded branches to improve air flow/sunlight penetration
  • In cases where branches overlap, remove the thinner/thinnest ones
  • Any pruning efforts should keep in mind tree shape and weight balance
  • Trim back branches overhanging the roof to lessen risks of storm damage

Winter tree trimming/pruning must be performed with care and attention to maintain the health and strength of the tree.  If property owners are uncertain about which trees can be pruned in the winter, or how to correctly carry out that pruning, they may find benefit in consulting a tree care professional, such as a qualified arborist from DreamWorks Tree Services in Toronto.

One further and very important consideration for using the services of a qualified arborist relates to one’s personal safety; this is particularly significant if winter tree pruning must be done from a ladder and/or if the adjacent area/ground is icy or frozen.

An Arborist Can Offer Toronto Property Owners Year-Round Tree Care Service

Safe and proper tree trimming during the winter is one of many tree care services that can be provided by a qualified arborist from DreamWorks Tree Services in Toronto. In a general sense, property owners can benefit from the knowledge and expertise of such a professional on a year-round basis with respect to:

  • Overall tree health and vitality
  • Aesthetic appeal of the property
  • Suitable tree care by species and season
  • Reducing personal time invested in tree care

The appropriate and timely/seasonal support available from a DreamWorks Tree Services arborist can include their insight and/or specific actions pertaining to:

  • Tree planting
  • Tree removal
  • Tree fertilization
  • Soil/tree nutrition
  • Trimming/pruning
  • Cabling and bracing
  • Disease management
  • Infestation prevention/control

Winter is the ideal time to prune many trees due to their dormancy and lack of foliage during this season. Call a qualified arborist from DreamWorks Tree Services today at 647-924-2627 or 1-800-407-9917 to discuss your tree pruning and trimming needs over the winter months.

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