Winter is upon us and with it, an age-old question returns to the forefront of tree owners’ minds, “Is it okay to prune trees in the winter?” The simple answer is yes, of course. Not only is it okay, for many trees winter is the best time to prune and remove trees. There are several reasons why this is the case, ranging from less damage to your lawn to a lower chance of spreading disease. However, the type of tree also plays a factor in deciding whether you should be pruning your trees in the winter. Deciduous trees, in particular, benefit greatly from winter pruning.
If you are wondering whether or not your trees should be pruned this winter, here are a few things to watch for:
Pruning trees in the winter allows you to freely drop-cut branches down to the ground with minimal damage. In other seasons, there might be worries about the grass and other plants below being injured. There is also much less risk of spreading insects and fungi in the winter, as they lay dormant until spring. Lastly, you may find it more convenient to schedule a professional like Ryan Lawn & Tree to handle a pruning job due to the lighter winter schedule.
In all of our Midwest locations, it is safe and smart to prune some trees in the winter, including:
Not only is it safe to prune your trees in the winter, but it is also recommended for several common trees in the Midwest. Whether you are worried about ruining your lawn or want to find timely tree care help, getting it done this winter is the smart thing to do. Birches, oaks, and hickories are just a few examples of deciduous trees you need to prune this winter, among others. If you need help with these or other trees this winter, Ryan Lawn & Tree is personable, professional and ready to work on your schedule to get your trees in shape for the coming spring. Please find your closest location and give us a call or click to receive a Free Estimate today.