Dormant Season Pruning

winterizing a home

Many of our associations were created and developed in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s. Trees and shrubs were part of the enhancements and have been thoroughly enjoyed over the years. Unfortunately, in all too many cases, they have been neglected over the years except to remove broken limbs and those that have fallen victim to rot, disease and other misfortunes.

It’s time to do more on a scheduled yearly basis to preserve these important and valuable assets. Take advantage of the many good days during the winter months to help correct this long-standing problem in your association.

Why prune trees during the dormant season?

  • Many structural problems and maintenance hazards go undetected during the growing season because they are hidden by foliage.
  • Thinning the crown will allow better sunlight penetration to your turf and flower displays, and reduce wind related storm damage.
  • It’s good for the tree! Regular care will keep your most expensive landscape investment on the site growing strong. Healthy trees increase property values 5-20%.
  • Routine tree pruning will increase your site’s safety by removing hazardous limbs over buildings and cars, and clear important sight lines to lighting or signage.
  • Several species of trees should only be pruned during the dormant season to reduce the chance of infection from disease.
  • When ornamental trees need to be shaped or have their crowns reduced, working with the structure of the plant is more effective when the foliage is gone.
  • Many trees in our urban environment don’t have the room they need to grow to maturity. They will often develop structural problems or suffer damage and become a risk. Developing a regular inspection and pruning cycle for landscape trees is highly recommended to reduce the risk of injury, accident, or liability.

Diccon Lee, Certified Arborist
IL-1333A

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