Tree care is a necessary service to ensure the appearance and integrity of your trees. By regularly taking care of your trees, you will reduce potential hazards to surrounding structures and vegetation, keeping your yard looking crisp, like cold winter air.
Unlike other seasons, winter is a slow one when it comes to outdoor growth. Some may feel this is a period of relaxation from the constant mowing, weed-pulling, and planting of other seasons. However, tree trimming is a task that is best suited for the wintertime for multiple reasons, stemming from safety precautions to maintaining the health of your trees.
Winter Helps with Branch Visibility
During the warmer seasons like summer and spring, the top of a tree, known as the crown, is lush with leaves that make it hard to navigate through the branches. With little visibility, it can be dangerous for arborists to make important cuts. During winter, trees shed their leaves, exposing the intricacy of the branches, making it easier for arborists to perform necessary tree trimming because dead or diseased branches are easier to spot and remove. Also, if any branches are growing off the overall growth pattern, they are easier to prune.
Tree’s Become Dormant During Winter
As temperatures decrease, trees enter a dormant state. Activities such as growing and producing buds and fruits, or transferring sunlight into energy using photosynthesis, are stopped while the tree rests. Dormancy is the perfect time to trim because the trees have stored this energy from the growing season to last through the winter. The tree is in the best possible condition to endure and defend the surgical-like cuts of tree pruning. This leads us to the next reason why winter is the best time for tree trimming: Your trees are safest from pests and parasites that could cause infections.
Dormancy Protects a Tree’s Health After Trimming
Just as a tree enters dormancy in winter, so do the pests and microbes that would prey on the open wounds of a pruning job. These cuts emit a particular scent that attracts insects that feed on and bore into the plant tissue. Like a cut on your skin can lead to potential infection, as can cuts on a tree. However, if these parasites are not on the prowl like during the winter, a tree is safe from disease-carrying insects, giving the tree ample opportunity to heal the trims.
Searching For Professional Help With All Your Winter Tree Needs?
Here at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons, we take pride in our work and hold the necessary qualifications to be your trusted Jacksonville tree specialists. We can help you maintain the health of your trees, from trimming to even tree removal. With over 100 years of combined Arboricultural experience, our team knows we can work with you to find real tree solutions while maintaining your safety, our safety, and the safety of your property and vegetation. Please visit our services page or contact us at 904-731-9100 to request a tree trimming consultation today.