Do you think that pruning should only be done in the spring? The truth is that winter pruning is a great idea, and it has a variety of benefits. Below are some of the benefits of winter pruning.
You can Evaluate Your Tree Structure Easier doing Winter Pruning
Once the tree has lost its leaves, you can see your tree’s structure more easily. Trained arborists can also see the dangerous or dead branches a lot easier. This means they can determine if pruning should be done to keep the tree looking great and its best.
Your Tree’s Going to Look Great in Spring
Late in winter is the time that you want to contain, prune, or rejuvenate trees and shrubs that are overgrown. Any branches that get cut back in the winter are able to quickly recover come springtime with some new growth. it’s also going to decrease the length of time that you are looking at trees that just look at lots of sticks.
Winter Pruning Helps Avoid Spreading Disease
When you prune in the winter, it also can help you with avoiding spreading some really serious diseases that are most active during the spring and spread easily. These are diseases like Dutch elm, fire blight, and oak wilt.
During the winter, the fungi, bacteria, insects, and parasites that spread and/or cause disease are dormant or dead. Because of that, you are a lot less likely to transmit these problems during winter pruning.
Winter Pruning Prevents Damage
Think about it. If you have a tree that has really big branches when the winter winds blow, chances are that it’s going to cause a lot of damage to your house or to a vehicle. So pruning during the winter and making the branches shorter is a great idea.