Homeowners: don’t hibernate! Tree pruning around your property is crucial in winter months. Why? Pruning trees and shrubs during their dormant cycle reduces the risk of pests or disease, and ensures a full growing season come spring, according to the experts at Husqvarna (www.husqvarna.com).
There are several species that can be pruned during winter months. These include:
Hardwood Trees – Pruning hardwood trees in winter is easy thanks to their lack of foliage. Branches should be cut just above the branch collar, which is the space where the limb and the tree come together. This area of the tree is rich in anti-microbial chemicals to help the tree heal from pruning without suffering decay. Clippers can be used to trim smaller branches, but for larger sections or dying plants, use a chainsaw.
Flowering Trees or Shrubs – Want the best blooms next summer? Prune any tree or shrub that flowers after May 15 late in winter. To handle those projects efficiently, use a hedge trimmer.
Fruit Trees – Winter is also a great time to prune fruit trees. Each species of fruit tree has special considerations you must take into account before pruning, so research your species before doing so. Once you're finished, your efforts will be rewarded in the spring with larger, sweeter fruit.
Bear in mind branches that pose a falling risk should be handled immediately.
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