There is a common misconception that trees cannot be pruned during the colder months. What this means is that if we fail to trim our trees before winter sets in, the snowfall and heavier rains of winter, have an impact on trees and their branches. This can damage trees, as well as any structures that are located close to them.
A lot of winter damage to trees, as well as the structures around them, is preventable. While pruning trees ahead of winter is not a guarantee that during winter storms damage to the trees in question and any nearby structures won’t occur, it makes it less likely. Plus, there’s the fact that a well-pruned tree will add a touch of extra beauty to a property and its surroundings.
Now is the perfect time to get your trees pruned and ready for the colder weather. Because the ground is yet to become too frozen, tree stumps can be more easily removed. Take a look at your outdoor space and consider whether now could be the ideal time to have your trees pruned.
Not sure whether it’s worth the cost of having your trees trimmed this winter? Below is a list of some of the benefits of winter tree trimming.
- In the colder months, trees become dormant, which means that they respond better to trimming. Then, as the new season arrives and the weather begins to warm up, they will heal better due to being dormant when the work took place.
- When trees are trimmed, sometimes it can make them more prone to disease. Think of tree trimming like creating a wound – it opens up the trees’ ‘skin’ to infection. However, during the colder weather, a disease is less likely, compared to in the warmer summer months. Plus, there is the added bonus that few insects are active in the colder months, which means that they are less likely to feast on a pruned tree’s wounds like they would in the summer months.
- When a tree is bare from its leaves, it is easier to look at its structure. This makes assessing any problem areas a much easier task, as well as a much safer one. You might think that distinguishing when branches are dead or alive without leaves is difficult, but actually, it’s not. There are various signs to look out for that show whether a brand is healthy and alive or dead or dying. Things such as a loss of bark, the growth of certain fungi, discoloration, and a lack of budding are all signs that a branch is dead or dying and needs pruning.
- Then there is the fact that during the winter months, tree trimming has left an impact on the surrounding landscape.
If you want to ensure that your trees are kept happy and healthy and that your home and garden is protected from damage caused by these trees, having them pruned, or at least checked for the need for pruning before winter really gets started, is something that is worthwhile doing. Contact us today for a free estimate!