Winter Tree Pruning Tips For Milwaukee Homeowners
Our Milwaukee Certified Arborists Offer Advice On Winter Tree Pruning In Wisconsin
As we head into another winter, our Milwaukee Certified Arborists recommend pruning your trees and shrubs. Most woody plants go dormant over the winter, which makes this the best time of year for pruning. Also, since all the leaves are gone by now it is much easier to see the branch structure of the tree and to identify any unhealthy branches which should be trimmed. Besides making your plants look better, pruning allows your plants to direct their energy reserves to their roots and to support new growth on the branches you leave on the plant.
Winter Tree Pruning In Wisconsin: Which Trees and Shrubs Can You Prune?
You can prune just about any tree or shrub over the winter, although some trees will ooze sap if pruned late in the winter or in early spring. Maples, birches, walnuts, dogwoods and elms are all prone to bleed sap if pruned in the winter. Although this won’t harm the tree, the sap can stick to your pruning shears (as well as hands and clothing) and even ooze onto cars parked underneath the tree. If you have any of these trees lining your driveway, or overhanging your patio or deck, our Milwaukee tree pruners recommend waiting till summer or fall to prune them.
A few things to keep in mind when wielding your shears:
- Start by pruning any diseased limbs you spot on your plants. Make your cuts below the diseased area. Our Certified Arborists recommend not pruning any diseased branches when the plants are wet, as water can facilitate the spread of tree disease when you make cuts to healthy branches.
- Any branches growing over where you walk or mow, or over a window or deck, should be the next to go. Besides being a nuisance and giving your home an unkempt appearance, low hanging branches divert energy the tree could be using to grow taller and fuller.
- As you prune, try to cut branches in a manner which will expose the center of the plant to light and air. If you come across two branches crossing one another, prune out the smaller of the two, since the larger and more established branch has a better chance of surviving winter without damage. If you're a little concerned about another polar vortex winter, read up on our winter tree survival tips.
- When you make your cuts, cut the branch flush to the branch collar—the ridge of bark where the branch meets the tree trunk. Don’t leave a stub where you cut off a branch, as this makes the tree more prone to insects and disease.
Need Help? Our Milwaukee Tree Trimming Company Handles Any Job
For many homeowners around Milwaukee, tree pruning is an enjoyable way to get outside on milder winter days and get a little exercise. However, there are situations which call for outside help. If you can’t make a cut from the ground using pole pruners, if the branches you need to trim are near power lines, or if you need to have heavy limbs from storm-damaged trees removed, you should definitely have a professional do the work. Our Milwaukee Certified Arborists have extensive experience dealing with all these scenarios, and we have the equipment necessary to work safely at heights and around power lines.
Although pruning a few trees or shrubs is pretty easy, many homeowners just have too many trees and too little time to deal with all the pruning. They also don’t want to hassle with disposing of huge mounds of pruned tree branches. If you’d rather have our Milwaukee tree pruning crew come in and take care of all the pruning, trimming and debris removal, we’re here to help. Just give us a call or fill out our contact form and we’ll be happy to give you an estimate.