The best time to prune small trees and shrubs is when they are not pushing new growth. The winter months provide a good opportunity to prune out dead limbs or cross limbs to shape your ornamental trees. Shrubs can also be pruned depending on when they get their buds.
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Advantages of Winter Pruning
- With the leaves off the trees it becomes easier for a trained arborist to evaluate dead branches.
- Late Winter pruning allows the tree to fully rejuvenate in the Spring, making it more vibrant and lush.
- Pruning in the winter removes diseased and rotten sections of trees that could lead to diseases that prosper in Spring and Summer.
- Frozen ground allows for more efficient use of heavy equipment and less damage to your landscape.
- Since Winter pruning doesn't promote new growth right off it allows the tree to heal and have a strong new growth period in the Spring where the new growth isn't in danger of being damaged or broken off.
- With winter storms rolling in, trees can be under a lot of stress from the ice and snow. Removing dead and diseased limbs lessens the chance of damage or injury from falling limbs and branches.