Just when you thought you were done with yard chores for the year, we’re here to tell you that now is the ideal time to get your tree and shrub pruning done in winter is the perfect time. Here’s why.
Before we go any further, we should clarify: when we’re talking about tree trimming, we mean planned tree trimming. No one can predict when a tree branch breaks off unexpectedly, and in those circumstances, you may need emergency tree removal. For our purposes, we mean tree pruning that is planned and customized to improve the look and health of your plants. Now that we’ve got that cleared up let’s talk about why winter is the best time to have this service done. During the coldest part of the year, most trees go dormant – i.e., deciduous trees go dormant. Evergreens, of course, will remain active all year long. Trees aren’t the only thing to go dormant during winter, though. Insects are also hibernating and overwintering. This means, if you were to trim your tree at this time, it’s less likely to fall victim to annoying bugs and harmful diseases. Any time a tree is wounded, it creates the possibility of infection or infestation. It’s no different from humans receiving a wound. But since pests and fungal diseases aren’t active in the winter, the chances of a tree becoming sick via a pruning wound are pretty low.
If you noticed a branch or limb wasn’t blossoming or producing leaves during the growing season, chances are it’s in the process of dying or already dead. That’s literal dead weight primed to damage your property. Take advantage of winter weather and get those branches removed. This is especially important if that branch is infected with diseases or pests. Sometimes, it’s necessary to sacrifice a larger limb to save the tree, just like amputating a gangrenous foot to save your whole leg. Next spring, you’ll have a healthier plant and a better-looking tree.
There’s a technique to pruning correctly. Hacking away willy-nilly at the tree can leave you with ugly results and also negatively impact the health of your trees and shrubs. Instead, our tree pruning service technicians are trained to trim the tree to cause as little damage as possible. When dying branches are removed, the tree will divert nutrients to other limbs. We can also help shape the tree for optimal appearance and trim back shoots growing in odd places.
The older and larger trees get, the more critical it is to gather and utilize nutrients efficiently. By trimming a larger branch or two, the tree will require fewer nutrients, which helps it maximize its nutrient usage – something that’s more important than ever during the winter when nutrients aren’t as easy to come by.
As the old saying goes: the bigger they are, the harder they fall. And boy, is this true for tree branches. When we come out to prune your tree, we will alert you to any potential problems we see with your tree. By proactively trimming trees, you just might save hundreds or thousands of dollars on home or car repairs or even medical bills from resulting injuries.
Pruning trees requires us to get up close and personal with your tree. During that time, we will take note of any other issues we discover. This could be signs of an insect infestation or disease problem. An excellent example of this is Emerald Ash Borer. If we catch this critter early, your tree can often be saved.
Trees and shrubs don’t have the same regard for their appearance as we do. As such, they will sprout shoots and grow however they need to. Unfortunately, sometimes that results in rather wonky shapes, low-hanging branches that get in the way, or long branches that bump against powerlines. And when trees look their best, they will contribute to the property’s curb appeal. If you plan to sell the property soon, this could mean an increase in market value! We’ll make sure your tree retains its appearance without jeopardizing the functionality of the rest of your property.
Without all that foliage, we can have a clearer view of what we’re doing and the scope of what needs to be done. Pruning in the middle of the growing season doesn’t afford the same viewpoint.
For 20 years, customers near Alpharetta, Duluth, and other communities north of the Atlanta metro region have relied on the landscaping and lawn care services of North Georgia Lawn. Part of our services includes corrective winter pruning for your trees and shrubs. Let us put our expertise to work for you! Give us a call at (678) 508-0050, or you can reach us through our online form here. Let us know what your trees and shrubs need this winter, and we’ll get them on the path to better health.
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