Winter has finally arrived in the Bluegrass with a few mild snow storms over the holidays. In the tree business, this is usually a time when we catch our breath from three seasons of hard work. Between the holidays and the cold weather, most people are content to concentrate on trees as a heat source and otherwise leave the landscape alone until the warm air and greenery returns. While this is to be expected (and on some days, appreciated by those of us who work outdoors) it is a wasted opportunity in the world of tree care. With the branches bare and the trees dormant, this is the opportune time to focus on pruning.
Here are 4 reasons:
- Structural defects, such as crossing branches and weak crotches, otherwise obscured by vegetation, are easily distinguished in the winter.
- Less brush to clean up.
- More rigorous spring vegetative growth, as the tree’s finite energy is distributed among remaining limbs. Â In some species, such as fruit trees, this may not be a desired effect. Young shade trees, however, will benefit from a more efficient use of stored energy after structural dormant pruning.
- Easier to find necessary pruning cuts.
Between holiday parties and snowstorms this winter, don’t forget to walk amongst the trees, and think about their care.