Trees and shrubs that are pruned and well-maintained produce more fruit and flowers and are typically healthier. Once the dead, diseased, or overgrown branches are removed, the tree can grow stronger and healthier and be more immune to disease and insects. Trees pruned in the winter will be able to grow quicker and more vibrant in the spring. Thus, sensible pruning really helps to promote the long-term health and strength of the tree.
Why is late winter a perfect time for pruning in Tulsa?
Many deciduous trees are dormant throughout the winter, which may reduce the damage done to the tree. This dormancy stops the trees from bleeding sticky sap when they are cut. These winter cuts won’t expose the dormant tree to as much chance of disease or insect damage because these are also dormant throughout the winter.
On a sensible note, with the leaves gone, you’ll be able to see the structure of the tree more. This could enable you to more clearly see where there are broken or dead branches that need to be removed.
When should you begin pruning trees and shrubs?
Late winter or once the coldest part of winter has passed is generally said to be the most effective time to prune most trees. There are some species, though, that should not be cropped during winter. Talk with the horticulturists at Oklahoma Landscape to find out specifically when your landscape’s trees should be pruned.
“A good rule to follow is to prune the latest blooming trees first and therefore the earliest blooming last,” North Carolina Cooperative Extension noted.
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 prepared for spring.