Here at Logic we are out taking advantage of the spring-like weather to finish up dormant pruning for our customers. Pruning is one of the most important and rewarding tasks you can do in your yard and garden. Though large trees are best left to professionals for safety reasons, small trees and deciduous shrubs are great for homeowners who want to take on the task themselves.
We are happy to help you, but if you want to try yourself, don't be afraid!
What is dormant pruning?
Exactly what the name implies - pruning deciduous trees and shrubs while they are still dormant in the winter or early spring. Depending on what we are trying to achieve as well as the plant that is being pruned, there are 3 types of pruning that might be done.
Preventive pruning: remove dead, diseased or damaged plant material as well as problematic branches that may hang over walkways or grow into buildings and homes.
Rejuvenating pruning: cut back heavy growth and thin crowded older plants to encourage new growth.
Corrective pruning: redirect growth to a achieve a desired shape.
What are the benefits of dormant pruning?
- Robust Growth in the Spring: A plant pruned during dormancy becomes healthier in the spring as the plant's energy is directed to its fewer remaining branches which are supported by the same root mass.
- Reduced Risk of Pest and Disease Issues: Winter dormant pruning done shortly before spring growth, leaves fresh wounds exposed for only a short time period before the wound healing process begins giving insects or disease less of a chance of becoming a problem.
- Better Plant Structure: Without foliage it's easier to see the structure of the plant which needs pruned and make the best pruning choices for the health and appearance of the plant.
We are happy to help, but if you want to try yourself...don't be afraid! Pruning is one of the most important and rewarding tasks you can do in your yard and garden. Though large trees are best left to professionals for safety reasons, small trees and deciduous shrubs are great for homeowners who want to take on the task themselves.
Be sure to take some time to research the plant you are pruning as well as some basic pruning tips.
Below are a few good resources to get you started: