Did you know that the best time to prune your trees is the late winter?
Winter is the perfect time to ask our tree surgeons to come and visit you. Tree pruning improves the health, life and shape of the tree. However, if this is done incorrectly it can cause damage that leaves the tree defenceless and can ruin the natural lines and beauty of the tree.
Pruning of deciduous trees (those that lose their leave in autumn) is best carried out in winter. This is due to the fact that the structure of the tree can be seen far easier as there are no leaves on the trees making the branches more accessible. These types of trees are dormant at this time of year meaning that any work carried out on them causes less stress to the tree. Pruning in winter will also maximise their growth and ensure all the wounds are closed before the spring growth. Any damage will have the maximum time possible to heal before the following winter. This also reduces the chance of any more damage to the tree. If you prune these trees in early spring they will bleed sap.
However as with everything there are exceptions to the rule. The right time can also depend on the tree species. If you are unsure it is always best to check before carrying out any tree work. One of our specialists will be able to advise you on when it is best to carry out any work. If a tree is damaged, diseased or dead then any work should be undertaken as soon as possible.
Our team of tree surgeons based in Stockport will always arrange an initial site visit and consultation to determine the best possible course of action.