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Winter Pruning Denver Trees

When you think of winter, the last on your mind is tree maintenance. However, did you know seasonal maintenance in the winter will benefit your trees greatly when the growing season arrives in the spring? The tree and shrub dormant season is during the winter and the colder temperatures reduce the risk of pests or diseases attacking the plant and of branches failing. Here are a couple of Denver tree pruning tips to follow this winter:
  • Remove damaged or non-useful branches: If a branch is diseased or dead, it’s a good idea to remove them for both safety and plant health purposes. With all the snowfall in Denver, branches are weighed down and pose the risk of falling. Look for any suckers and water sprouts (unbranched stems at the base of a tree) and have them removed. These water sprouts will not develop into well-developed limbs. 
  • Prune rubbing or crossing branches: The correct pruning technique for removing rubbing and crossing branches is moving from the largest branches to the smallest. However, if the tree would be disfigured if a branch is removed, it’s best to leave it. Proper pruning maintenance from when the tree is young will help mitigate this problem when they mature.
  • Thin the canopy: The purpose of thinning the canopy is to increase air flow and circulation. This is especially important for crabapple and hawthorn trees as they are more susceptible to fungal diseases. However, it’s important to not thin it too much because it will encourage sucker growth.

Pruning in the winter is essential to have a strong and healthy tree. Here are a couple good reasons to call your Denver tree service right now:
  •  Faster healing: Did you know that during cooler months, a tree is able to heal pruning cuts faster? Because the tree slows its growth in the winter and there are no leaves, there is more energy to heal its bark directly instead. 
  • Less harmful diseases and pests in winter: Because fungal diseases, pests, and bacteria are less active during the winter, it lowers your tree’s risk of becoming infected after pruning. Because a tree expels sap after being pruned means it will attract unwanted pests. Trees ooze less sap in the winter which helps cut down on the pests that are looking for host trees.
  • More growth in the spring: When pruning is done in the winter, it not only allows more time and energy for healing, it also encourages new and larger growth in the spring. 
Scheduling your Denver winter pruning as early as possible in the winter is key. The more time a tree has to heal and collect energy from light penetration in the canopy, the better it will grow. Contact American Arbor Care today to schedule your pruning today to ensure a beautiful structure and new growth in the spring.