There are many reasons to prune trees, like shape maintenance, removal of diseased branches, increased production and better flowering, and the timing really depends on the desired outcome. If your goal is to have a healthy, well-structured plant that looks great, flowers beautifully and lives a long, productive life, then the best time to prune and do general plant maintenance is during the late winter months when the plant is dormant.
Why should you prune dormant trees?
Is Winter Pruning A DIY Project?
Before you grab your pruners and prune everything in sight, you need to know what you are doing and what you are pruning. The aim of most gardeners is to have a spectacular garden and pruning in winter is done to improve the structure and health of your trees and shrubs. This makes winter a good time to remove suckers and water sprouts, thin out congested areas in the middle of shrubs and deal with overlapping branches before they become a problem. You should concentrate your efforts on deciduous plants that bud or flower in late spring and summer. The ideal time to get out your shears and go to work is late winter when the plants are still dormant and there are a few weeks before the buds start swelling and the sap starts flowing again.
But don’t just go wild, you should avoid pruning trees or shrubs that flower in early spring because they have already formed their buds and if you remove them your plant won’t flower as beautifully as you would like. Rather prune early spring flowering plants immediately after they bloom. If you don’t know when your trees normally flower or how to prune them to get the optimum results, consult an arborist for advice or use a tree pruning service to do the work for you.
Shrubs and small trees are not that difficult to prune, it is easy to remove those wayward twigs and water sprout with a good pair of pruners. If you have a rudimentary knowledge of plant growth you will be able to master basic pruning, but the pruning of large trees can be tricky. You need the right pruning and safety equipment to tackle big branches and work high up in the tree. Unless you are an experienced tree surgeon you really should leave the pruning of large trees to a professional tree pruning service. Martin’s Tree Service has all the right tools and safety equipment to prune your trees correctly and keep them healthy.