While people are eager to start pruning their gardens in the fall as they rake away leaves and replace their mulch, it’s always better to wait until wintertime. As the leading providers of tree pruning services in Norfolk and the nearby regions, we advise waiting until the late winter to prune plants and trees, as this is the time when they are dormant.

Why Wait Until Late Winter to Prune Trees?

In late winter, wounds heal faster when the trees and plants are trimmed, helping to keep them healthy. Also, there is less risk of disease and pest infestation during the colder weather. In winter, there is less sap flowing through trees, and although sap doesn’t hurt the tree, it is a messy substance and can be attractive to pests. Finally, it’s much easier to see what you are doing when the leaves have fallen and tree foundations and branch networks become more visible.

Some standard rules should be applied when considering winter pruning:

Don’t Prune When It’s Wet

As a rule of thumb, never prune when conditions are damp outside. If you do, you run the risk of spreading many diseases. The wet weather encourages microbes to grow; these microbes will thrive in the open areas of plants and trees created by trimming. We recommend waiting until the sun comes out, when mold and bacteria can be killed by the heat and UV rays.

Good Pruning Techniques

When conditions are suitable for pruning, focus on removing any dying or dead branches. If you see a branch that looks sick or damaged, cut directly between the body of the plant and the diseased spot. When branches cross or rub each other, cut off the smaller branch. It’s also good practice to cut any low hanging branches that could get stuck in your lawnmower or become a tripping hazard. If you leave a stub sticking out from a branch, it’s a perfect environment for insects to thrive, so avoid this at all costs.

For additional information or to contact the most reputable providers of tree pruning in Chesapeake and the surrounding areas, reach out to Tarzan Tree Service today.

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