The results of Groundhog Day on February 2 reveled that we are in for another six weeks of winter, for Phil the Groundhog saw his shadow. For some, this news may come as a disappointment because, let’s face it, we Texans are not built for long, cold winters. With all the ice that has accumulated across North Texas this winter, who isn’t (at least a little) ready for springtime? But since we must endure at least six more weeks of winter, now is the perfect time to start pruning your trees to prepare them for new growth in the spring.

Pruning Advantages

As of right now, trees are in their most dormant states, which makes this time, up until early spring, the best time to prune your trees. Why take the time to prune your trees, you ask? Just as we maintain personal upkeep by regularly getting haircuts and trimming our nails, trees require a certain level of maintenance to keep them healthy and looking their best. By ridding them of unnecessary or damaged limbs, pruning helps strengthen and support trees’ structures and promotes long-term vitality. Aside from these advantages, pruning trees also helps:

    • Ensure the appropriate distribution of sunlight.
    • Prevent damage to necessary limbs.
    • Guard against the spread of disease.
    • Promote fast regrowth in the spring

Pruning Pointers

The overall goal of pruning trees is to promote healthy growth and keep the branches that help them develop and maintain their shapes in good condition. Since most trees dropped their leaves in late fall, take advantage of this time while you can see your trees in their entirety without any visual obstructions from leaves. When you begin pruning, start with ridding your trees of dead and/or diseased branches. Then clear overgrown and smaller branches. Be sure your clippers or garden shears are sharp before starting any pruning projects. This will minimize any crushing, bruising or tearing of branches. For the best results, cut branches at a 45-degree angle a quarter inch from buds. If you have any questions or concerns during your pruning efforts, do not hesitate to give the experts at Fannin Tree Farm a call. We’d be glad to assist you in any way we can.