With the holidays now upon us, most of your trees have probably lost their leaves and are entering their dormant stage for the winter. If you are like most Spokane homeowners, however, you probably don’t give much thought about your trees this time of year. That’s why the certified arborist at Westcoast Tree Care would like to provide you with the following benefits of winter tree pruning.
During the winter, a tree lacks its leaves and foliage. This ensures a certified arborist can better assess any problem areas that need to be removed. Dormancy also makes it the ideal time for structural pruning and more precise cuts.
When a tree is pruned, fresh cuts are like open wounds. Like all living things, trees need adequate time to heal. During the winter, trees are already at rest, making it the best time for them to recover. Without the added stress, winter pruning will also help a tree produce robust, new growth in the spring.
During the spring and summer months, fresh cuts are more vulnerable to disease-carrying insects. Tree-killing bacteria and fungi can also invade any open wounds. Winter pruning, on the other hand, protects your trees from the spread of disease and infestations, making them less vulnerable once the warm weather returns.
Without dense foliage, a certified arborist can better access how a tree will be able to withstand extreme weather. Winter tree pruning allows for the removal of weak and vulnerable branches, making it more structurally sound and less likely to break under heavy snow and ice.
Winter tree pruning reduces any harsh impacts to your landscape. When the ground is frozen, there is less chance of unwanted ruts caused by vehicles and machinery. Cleanup is also easier and less expensive when trees are without their leaves.
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The harsh winter elements can wreak havoc on your Spokane trees. That’s why preventative tree care is important when it comes to ensuring robust spring growth while reducing the likelihood of disease or insect infestations.
If you would like more information about our tree pruning services, contact Westcoast Tree Care at 1.800.767.8733. Our certified arborist would be more than happy to inspect your trees and answer any questions you may have. We can also provide you with a no-cost, no-obligation quote for any of our preventative tree care services.