Winter Tree Care Tips For The New Year

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Winter Tree Care Tips For The New Year

Category : Tree Care

Just because winter is here doesn’t mean you should stop caring for your trees.  In fact, winter is the perfect time to take care of some much-needed tree service that you shouldn’t do in the summer.

Crown Reduction

Crown reduction is a type of tree pruning that is best to be completed in the winter months.  The goal of crown reduction is to reduce the overall weight and length from branches in the canopy of the tree to protect the entire tree from succumbing to the weight.  Choose limbs that are longer and extend far from the trunk of the tree as these place the most stress on the tree.

Structural Tree Pruning

For younger trees, the goal is to promote healthy growth, so the key here is to prune branches and limbs with structural issues so that the healthy branches and limbs can grow larger.  As the tree grows, this will help the tree to become more sturdy and healthy and keep small issues from developing into larger ones.

Eliminate Dead Wood

Winter is a great time to cut off the dead branches on trees!  If the whole tree is dead, then it is also a perfect time for tree removal!  Focus only on removing the branches that are dead, so that the living branches can continue to grow and the tree can continue to flourish!

Pest Management

There are several pests that are not good for trees, and winter is a great time to take care of these pests and ensure that they don’t wreak havoc on your precious trees.  Use horticultural oil in the winter months to help keep these pests at bay come springtime!

Stump Grinding

After removing those dead trees, use the winter lull as an opportunity to grind up those old unsightly stumps and get your yard in tip-top shape.  While you can do this at any time of the year, the winter provides a great opportunity to get these tasks done, especially after you complete your tree removal.

Spend a little time this winter on tree pruning and proper tree care and your trees will be thanking you in the spring!  You’ll also be able to enjoy the fruits of your winter labor by seeing your trees flourish in the springtime. For professional tree and crane services, contact Dudley’s Tree and Landscape today!


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