Winter pruning is an essential factor in tree maintenance, ensuring sure your trees are healthy year-round. Winter is the ideal time to prune your trees for various reasons, one being that it is easier on both you and the tree. In the winter, you can also easily identify and remove dangerous limbs that could be hazardous to you or your property. Let’s elaborate on winter maintenance.
Benefit Tree Health
The number one reason it is best to prune in the winter is due to the benefits on the tree’s health. In the winter, trees are dormant meaning that they respond very minimally to the damage and removal. During the off season, trees store a large portion of their energy in their roots. In warmer months, their energy is distributed throughout the entire tree. If you don’t remove damaging limbs, the tree will exert too much energy to the problem areas and neglect the flourishing, healthy limbs. Prune in the winter for fuller, stronger and healthier trees.
Ease and Convenience
In the winter, there are no leaves in your way while you do your pruning work. It makes it much easier to see and access the limbs that need pruning. While leaves may not seem like a big deal, it is very easy to make a mistake when pruning a tree in the rich foliage of other seasons. You could accidentally cut the wrong limb, causing more damage. In the winter you can also easily identify limbs plagued with damage or disease.
Clear Dangerous Limbs
Sick, damaged or diseased limbs can pose a threat to you and your family’s safety. They can also put the rest of the tree’s health at risk. Even a seemingly healthy limb has the potential to snap under the pressure of snow and ice. Be sure to take notice of these limbs and remove them – how awful would it be if you were parked near this tree and a heavy limb snapped and damaged a vehicle below? It is also a good idea to clear tree limbs that are growing over your home in poor places during the winter, for the safety of your roof and property.
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