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WHY WINTER IS THE BEST TIME FOR PRUNING TREES

You may be thinking that there’s not much landscaping to do for your Tulsa home in the winter, but this season is actually a good time for pruning many species of trees and shrubs.

Trees and shrubs that are pruned and well-maintained produce more flowers and fruit and are generally healthier. When the dead, diseased, or overgrown branches are removed, the tree can grow stronger and healthier and be more resistant to insects and disease. Trees pruned in the winter will be ready to grow faster and more vibrant in the spring. Thus, good pruning really helps to promote long-term health and strength of the tree.


Why is late winter an ideal time?


Many deciduous trees are dormant during the winter, which can reduce the damage done to the tree. This dormancy stops the trees from bleeding sticky sap when they are cut. These cuts won’t expose the dormant tree to as much chance of disease or insect damage because these are also dormant during the winter.

On a practical note, with the leaves gone, you can see the structure of the tree better. This can allow you to more clearly see where there are broken or dead branches that need removed.


When should you start pruning trees and shrubs?


Late winter or when the coldest part of winter has passed is generally said to be the best time to prune most trees. There are some species, though, that should not be pruned during winter. Check with the horticulturists at Oklahoma Landscape to find out exactly when your landscape’s trees should be pruned.


Prune trees on a dry, mild day to prevent the spread of disease by water. Cut off dead, damaged, or diseased branches with sharp pruning tools. When there are diseased limbs, cut well below the diseased part of the branch. Branches rubbing together can cause wounds that increase the chances of disease and insect damage. Removing one of the rubbing or crossing branches to help the tree remain strong.

Pruning trees and shrubs in Tulsa during the winter not only helps them to look better but can do much to keep them healthy and geared up for spring.


Contact us today with any questions.



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