Is Winter the best time of year for tree trimming?
Tree trimming in a cold climate
If you’re an avid gardener you know there’s a perfect time of year for gardening tasks. Different veggies grow in different seasons. Fruit trees provide crops through certain months of the year too. The reason why plants and trees have different maintenance needs comes down to the climate. Each season of the year brings with it a climate that is more suitable for growing certain plants.
Over spring and summer, you may find that the warmer weather sparks rapid growth for a lot of trees and bushes. All the beautiful flower varieties like daisies and sunflowers start to bloom. Over autumn and winter, you’ll see flower varieties like grevillea start to bloom along with veggies like onions, cabbage and turnip.
When it comes to Tree Trimming there is a perfect time of year for it. Winter is one of the best times of year for tree trimming and pruning. The cold winter climate helps make a tree dormant. Its growth virtually comes to a standstill. It’s at this time that you can start getting rid of unwanted branches from your tree.
The benefits of tree trimming in winter
A colder climate
As we previously mentioned, a tree basically becomes dormant in winter. Growth almost comes to a complete standstill due to the cold weather. One of the hardest parts of tree trimming is assessing what needs to be done. There’s a thick layer of leaves that’s obstructing your view. By the time winter rolls around your tree has dropped its leaves. You have better visibility of what’s up in the tree canopy. You’ll be able to assess the tree easier and make better decisions about which branches need to be cut.
Fewer pests around
During winter your tree isn’t the only thing that’s dormant. Many of those annoying pests that attack your trees and plants are also nowhere to be found. They are most likely laying dormant or simply haven’t migrated to your backyard yet. With no food in sight, they won’t try attacking your tree when it’s being trimmed. If you trim your tree in Spring or Summer you leave it vulnerable to attack. Open wounds from where the branches used to be are vulnerable to attack from pests over the warmer months.
Less stress on your tree
Another advantage of Tree Trimming in winter is that it doesn’t stimulate new growth. The cold climate will help stop new branches from growing after you’ve removed older ones. Studies have also shown that tree wounds from winter have a better chance of healing when they get exposed to Spring weather. If branches are removed in Spring or Summer the energy required for new growth and wound healing will stress the tree out a lot more. This excess stress is what can lead to the tree becoming susceptible to pests and disease.
Protecting surrounding trees
When you prune a tree over the warmer months you are also endangering other trees around it. Tree diseases are usually spread to other trees with bacteria, fungi, insects, and parasites. Diseases can easily be transferred from pruned branches of your tree. The chances of this happening over spring and summer are very high. During winter you are far less likely to spread any diseases from one tree to another because they can’t survive the cold conditions.
Winter can be a dangerous time to be around dead and dying trees. If your area is prone to wild winds and storms there’s a high chance of branches snapping and breaking off. At the start of winter, it’s a great idea to assess your tree straight away and remove branches that look weak or brittle. Removing these weak branches effectively eliminates any safety hazards. You’ll be removing branches that could be causing damage to your home or surrounding properties.
Book a tree trimming service now before it’s too late
Worried about the health of your trees? It’s better to be safe than sorry. Booking a Tree Trimming service in winter is one of the best ways to help restore the health of your trees. This is also one of the best chances you have to safeguard your home from any potential tree damage that could occur. Call Daryl’s Tree Care today on 9897 4418 for a free quote on Tree Trimming services in your area.
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