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Trimming Your Trees in The Winter

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Trimming Your Trees in The Winter

Taking care of your trees year-round is vital for their health. When the harsh cold weather and snow hit New England, it can be damaging to your yard and plantings. Take the proper precautions to keep your trees happy and healthy! Here are some reasons you should trim your trees in the winter:

Trees Are Dormant

In the colder months, trees tend not to grow as they do in the spring in summer. Trimming your trees in the colder months will have your trees better equipped to handle the stress of being cut at. Trimming them in the cold will also help them grow better when the warm weather comes back around.

No Need to Worry About Foliage

When you trim trees in the winter, you won’t need to worry about foliage getting in the way. You are able to see the branches clearly and get a good view of what the tree looks like trimmed. You’ll be less likely to make a mistake cutting the branches when there are no obstructions!

Preventing Falling Tree Limbs

Snow can easily cause branches and limbs to sag and break off the tree. This is why early winter, such as late November to December, is the prime time to get some winter pruning done. When you have dead limbs or diseased branches, trimming them away before heavy snow weighs them down will save you some time in the future. Falling tree limbs can damage other parts of your tree, so it’s important to eliminate any problem branches while you can. 

Cold Weather Protects Trees

After trimming and pruning your tree in the winter, your tree will be better protected than it would be in the spring or summer. Trimming a tree gives it an open wound where pests can get in and destroy your tree. In the winter, most of these pests are dormant like your tree. You will be less likely to have them making their way to your trees.

Make Sure You Trim The Right Trees

Although trimming many trees in the winter can be beneficial, some trees are not meant to be trimmed around this time. Trees that flower in the spring should not be messed with during the winter months. It can cause the flowers to reduce their bloom size or not bloom at all. Be aware of which trees you are trimming in your yard!

Contact Dudley Tree

Are you looking for any tree trimming or pruning this winter? The tree experts at Dudley Tree are here to assist you with any tree needs! Contact us to learn more about our services or to schedule an estimate. Give us a call today or fill out our online contact form to get in touch!


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Tree Trimming vs. Tree Pruning

Tree trimming and tree pruning are both excellent services to have done to your trees. They help keep your trees healthy and grow properly. Some property owners have trouble knowing the differences between the two. What are the differences between tree trimming and tree pruning?

What is Tree Trimming?

Tree trimming consists of making your shrubs and trees healthier and grow better. Trimming trees can make them look cleaner and less scraggly. Trimming is usually done about twice a year, depending on the types of trees and their size. If you have excessively overgrown branches, it can harm the tree by reducing the level of moisture and light the tree is able to get. Shrubs and trees should be trimmed twice a year for this reason.

What is Tree Pruning?

Tree pruning is when you remove certain branches that aren’t necessary to the tree and even removing some tree roots. These can be dead branches and roots that serve no purpose to the tree and help the tree look better after being removed. Pruning can also help tree branches that grow in the wrong direction and get stuck in things such as telephone wires. There are two kinds of pruning, pollarding and topiary. These forms of pruning can cause trees to look unnatural. Pollarding is when you prune annually to create new shoots on a yearly basis. Topiary is when you shape shrubs and trees into different shapes or animals. These are not common to see at a house or on a regular basis, but restaurants and fancy hotels are known for having them.

What Equipment is Used For Trimming and Pruning?

For trimming a tree, shears and trimmers are used to help promote healthier growth. When trees are pruned, shears are typically used. These can be lopping shears or hand shears, which are strong enough to be able to cut through thinner branches. If the branches are really thick, you’ll need to use a saw. 

Which is Better?

Neither technique is technically “better” than the other. Both trimming and pruning are needed for certain trees and can help trees in different ways. Certain trees shouldn’t be trimmed while others should. And that goes with pruning as well. Each type of tree has its own needs because of the way it grows and whether or not it flowers. If you ever need help deciding on what your tree needs to thrive, contact Dudley Tree! Tree professionals are there to help. 

Contact Dudley Tree & Crane

Dudley Tree is here to take care of all your tree trimming and tree pruning needs! Contact us to learn more about our tree services and how we can make your yard look its best. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form to get in touch with our tree professionals.


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