Winter is known to be the coldest season of the year. It is always associated with freezing temperatures, sleet, hail, freezing rain, and snow. For us, humans, it is very hard to endure the coldness brought by the season. It can cause snow blindness, norovirus, seasonal depression, and influenza. It can even cause death when we are exposed to a high level of temperature but we cannot blame anyone because that is a natural phenomenon. What we have to do is to adapt to the changes just like what other creatures do, the animals, plants, and trees.
Can you imagine how they managed to survive in winter? Well, animals hibernate or migrate away from the cold weather. Trees and plants stop growing in the winter but they go through a process called dormancy, and that’s what keeps them alive. This process is like hibernation. It slows down everything within the plant like metabolism, energy consumption, growth, and so on.
Aside from that, do you know that the tree services never stop even in winter season? Instead, it is much better to do it in winter especially pruning. Pruning can help us avoid enhancing serious diseases that are active on trees. Since most plants are dormant during the winter, it promotes fast regrowth in the spring. Also, it is easier to see the shape of deciduous plants in the winter, since their foliage is gone. Pruning promotes bigger harvest, get newly-planted trees and shrubs off to a good start, thin crowded stems, train cordons, fans and espaliers and encourage flowering.
See? Pruning is truly done for a number of reasons so it is better for you to be aware on its process. First, you are going to remove the dead branches. When you see two branches crossing, prune off the smaller one. Then, thin branches immediately to allow sunlight and air into the center of trees and shrubs.