We are feeling the need to rest more in the winter just like our trees but winter can be a great time for pruning!
Deciduous trees that lose their leaves are easier to prune at this time because it’s easier to see the structure of the tree.
Bacteria and disease, in general, are more likely to be taking a break in the winter too so pruning tasks are less likely to result in spreading anything to your plants or trees.
Make sure you thoroughly clean your pruning tools before starting. Dead and diseased branches can be removed so they don’t pose a safety risk. Unwanted branches can also be removed. Most fruit trees and shrubs should be pruned when dormant to maximize production.
A tree’s normal reaction to pruning is to send out new growth to heal the wound made by pruning. Pruning in the winter gives trees time to heal before warmer weather brings out insects and pathogens.
Trees and shrubs that bloom in early spring will flower on branches that developed buds before winter arrived. If you prune these branches before the plant has a chance to bloom, you’ll be cutting off flower buds.
For most early spring-blooming trees, it’s best to delay pruning until after they’ve finished flowering. For late spring bloomers, it is OK to prune now.
You can also contact us for expert landscaping services including pruning and trimming, garden clean up, irrigation repairs and special requests. Call or email us today to schedule an appointment and estimate at 510-632-1522 or info@TheEvergreenNursery.com.
Dormant Tree Spraying
Monitor your trees for signs of insects or disease. Using a dormant spray is often done this time of year to maximize the benefit to the tree before bud break and to get better coverage.
Don’t treat your plants or trees unless you know there is a problem. Use chemical controls only when necessary and only after thoroughly reading the pesticide label.