Dormant Pruning

Pruning shade and ornamental trees during dormant season is ideal due to inactive growth and dropping temperatures.  Dormant pruning helps trees and shrubs endure damage from severe winter weather, paving the way for healthy growth in the spring.  When it comes to the health of your trees, the best time to consider pruning is late fall to early spring.

What are the benefits of pruning in the dormant season?

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Trees pruned during dormant-­season are less susceptible to disease and insects.

Fresh pruning cuts and bruises typically heal faster during dormant season and are also less likely to attract disease-­carrying insects. Pruning during the infectious spring and summer seasons carries the risk of spreading disease to trees. In warmer seasons, for example, pruning cuts lure fungus-spreading beetles. If there is disease or damage already present, it’s also more visible because the trees are bare.

Oak trees, especially, are vulnerable to the deadly oak wilt disease when pruned during the spring and summer. If infected, other oaks on your property are immediately put at risk as well.

Dormant pruning saves time and money.

Our experts value time-­efficient pruning solutions as much as our clients. When dormant ­season arrives, our arborists have optimal access to trees that need pruning. Limbs are lighter and easier to handle, and leafless tree structures are easier to see. Since branching patterns are most visible in the winter, the core of the tree or shrub can be pruned to maintain a structurally sound form.

Winterizing plants allows for better new growth.

Trees are healthiest when maintained during dormant ­season, before new growth begins next spring. Pruning after the onset of new growth can limit the plant’s bloom potential for the year. Dormant pruning pulls double duty by causing less stress on trees, and allowing for robust new growth in plants that bloom in the spring and summer.

Dormant pruning pays off when spring rolls around. Find your local certified arborist to start making this small investment in your trees. 

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