Winter Tree Pruning in Arizona
21 Nov 2016
Should tree pruning be done in winter?
There are various benefits to the landscape and trees that come from tree pruning. Other than enhancing appearance of the trees, when trimmed they are healthier and safer. Pruning helps plant health as it removes the branches that are dead or dying which were previously harmed by insects, disease, animals, mites, people or storms.
Winter is great for pruning trees.
While you can prune trees during any time of year, the recommended tie varies depending on the species of tree. Generally, late winter is the best time for pruning the majority of plants.
The ground being froze allows better access with equipment which would usually be challenging or impossible to reach the areas.
During winter, there is less foliage, if any to hinder the view. It is easier to spot structural issues, which results in easier pruning choices. It also leads to less damage to the plants underneath, such as annuals or perennials.
Between the growing seasons
Because plants go dormant in the winter, fresh wounds are only exposed for short time periods. Once spring comes around, the new growth will start to seal the recent wounds.
On a more practical side, it is easier for property managers or homeowners to be more inundated with outdoor projects during spring or summer. For that reason, it makes sense to save tree trimming or winter months.
If you’re considering a winter tree pruning service, simply contact Phoenix Trim A Tree for scheduling your appointment.
Why’s it important to prune?
You can ensure that trees are maintained with long-term pruning management to provide the function and aesthetic values intended. By using correct, conscientious pruning methods, the function and beauty of the trees can be improved, and potential loss of limbs and other failures are reduced with winter storms.
Reasons for pruning during winter?
After leaves drop during fall, it’s easier for the arborist to view the three structure. After summer annuals are removed, it lowers the risk of disruption to the landscape when working on larger trees. Also, in areas where the soil freezes, it allows equipment to get closer, improving the safety and reducing costs. In addition, pruning during the winter helps avoid making certain serious diseases grown and spread that are only active during the growing seasons (spring and summer).
Mulching in winter, should I do it?
Yes, mulching can be a significant improvement for trees. The mulch allows the soil to retain moisture, reducing temperatures of summer soil, increasing temperature of winter soil, and restores moisture while improving soil nutrient levels and the structure.
What other winter tree care activities are there?
Winter months is an ideal time for consulting professional arborists for inspecting trees. The foliage loss during winter gives the needed visual for finding problem areas, such as insect damage or weak branches. Although, your arborist will be able to assist you in deciding the best approach for your trees. Take the following into consideration:
- If trees have braces and cables in them, it is best to inspect the hardware ever few years to ensure everything is still intact and serviceable. This also ensures the growth hasn’t led to replacement or adjustments.
- If needed, winter is suitable for bracing and cabling trees.
- Inspect shrubs or trees for ice damage during winter months.
- Winter months are ideal for removing trees that are at critical risk.
Winter Tree Pruning by Phoenix Trim-A-Tree
The trees in your yard or on your commercial property need to be taken care of to grow correctly. The overall shape and health of the tree depends upon timely tree pruning. Give us a call to help keep your trees looking their best and growing into structurally sounds, beautiful additions to your landscapes.