Tree pruning, sometimes referred to as “trimming,” is primarily done to either promote the tree’s health and appearance, or to protect the people and property around the tree. However, both primary reasons are quite often mutually beneficial. But unless a tree has branches that are dead, diseased, or are an immediate hazard to people or property, it’s in the best interest of most trees to hold off pruning them until late winter or early spring, after the coldest part of winter has passed. The three main reasons for this are:
1. Insects that harm trees are not as active during winter (dormant) months.
This reduces the risk of infestation from these insects, who are attracted to fresh cuts. During dormant season, trees have high levels of stored energy. This means if you prune during late winter or early spring, just before spring growth starts, it leaves a short length of time from which new growth begins sealing these wounds, and these insects become active again.
It’s easier to visually inspect a tree’s entire crown when there’s no foliage (leaves) in the way. This makes it easier to spot structural problems, which can cause larger problems if left unnoticed.
3. Less damage and cleanup.
As was aforementioned, during winter months there’s no foliage to speak of, and the ground is frozen. This translates into less damage to your lawn, and less work us, making it beneficial all around.
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