While your tree doesn’t grow as much during this time period – and the thought of pruning a tree could be considered damaging – it can actually afford you with a lot of opportunity to promote long-term growth and health in your trees.
Why do we think this way? For a few reasons, of which we’ll share with you today:
Fresh cuts in the dormant months – believe it or not – can help prevent the spread of many diseases. With the innards of the tree exposed in colder months, it actually lessens the likelihood of disease-carrying insects to find a home in your plants. In addition – if you do have any baddies that have made their way to your trees during the summer months – it’ll be easier to identify them once your tree enters the dormant phase, allowing you to get out ahead of any problems that may arise next spring.
You’re creating a foundation for the spring
Building off the last point, ID-ing diseases and problem growth patterns in your tree in the fall can help make it easier to manage it in the Spring. You can re-direct branching patterns, cut out problem spots and get yourself ready for the warmer months well ahead of time instead of limiting any growth potential your tree may have.
In dormant months, damaged and diseased branches may snap off and break, which can cause a whole laundry list of issues with your trees once the weather begins to heat up again. Pruning them during the dormant months can prevent that from happening.
It saves time and is more efficient
When leaves finally drop, it makes branches easier to see as a whole. So you can get more precise cuts and on the whole, shape your tree better than you could in the spring. Much of your time pruning is spent identifying problem spots, so with a clear look at what you’ve got – you can save a lot of time.
Oh yeah – Money, too
Harder ground in dormant months means more tools at an arborists’ disposal. We can wheel in trucks, ladders and all sorts of assets that can make shaping your tree easier. This saves us time, but more importantly for you, will result in an invoice that is much more palatable. In the spring, that becomes a lot more difficult.
If you’re looking to get out ahead of the spring, call in our pros and we’ll get your tree ready for winter and also make sure it has the best possible shot of thriving when it gets warm out. Good luck!