Why Winter Is a Good Time for Tree Pruning

As the colder weather starts to move in, tree pruning and maintenance may be the last thing on your mind. However, winter may be a great time of the year to prune your trees safely and efficiently. Here are a few reasons why you should reach out to a tree trimming service to have your trees pruned in the winter.

1. Visibility

Once the leaves have fallen, it is easier to see the structure of the tree. Without leaves, you can easily identify broken or diseased branches, overcrowding, and other tree malformities. These issues are the prime reasons for pruning your trees, so you do not want to skip over them. Winter is a great time to visually examine your trees.

2. Value

Shaping your trees in the winter maintains the look of your property. Did you know you can increase your property’s value by up to 14% by keeping your shrubs and trees well-maintained? In the winter, while the trees are dormant and the ground is hard, you don’t have to worry about ruining your yard with heavy equipment or causing disturbances to neighboring plants. Additionally, shaping your trees in the winter will set them up for a more visually appealing spring.

3. Tree Health and Safety

Winter pruning is safer for your trees. In the spring, your trees are blooming and growing. Trimming during this time can cause wounds and result in over-pruning. Also, trees are more susceptible to disease and pest infestations in the warmer seasons. While it’s not impossible to safely trim in the spring, it is highly recommended to avoid these problems by trimming in the months after the leaves have fallen and before they return in the spring.

4. Efficiency

Using a tree service in the winter is more practical. An easier evaluation of your trees will result in a quicker, more efficient experience. With less time being spent and a lower chance of incidental damages from equipment, you can expect speedier work and lower costs.

If you are not sure whether or not your trees need pruning, reach out to a tree service for an evaluation. Also, remember that tree pruning is best left to professionals. While it may be tempting to use your own tree pruning methods, a professional tree service is guaranteed to prune your trees safely and effectively.

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