As winter approaches, it’s important to consider pruning and trimming for optimal tree health. Tree care essentials, trimming and pruning should be a routine part of arbor maintenance. Maximizing the benefits of a proper trim or pruning, the time of year is a vital element to consider. This will prevent any unnecessary damage from occurring due to adverse weather conditions or seasonal predators. Most trees and shrubs enter a dormant stage during the winter season, which makes late winter an ideal time to perform a proper pruning or trimming.

One principle to keep in mind when trimming and pruning is that more can always be cut if necessary, but no cut can be undone. Keeping this in mind can prevent serious missteps when trimming and pruning, protecting the target plant. Beginning small, the caregiver can work slowly and carefully toward the desired result. Trees and shrubs should be left with 1/3 or more of its previously existing structure so as to ensure that the plant retains the foliage and branch necessary to promote new growth when spring arrives.

A the “Three D’s” principle may also be helpful to keep in mind: dead, diseased, and deranged. Dead wood is an important target for removal, as is diseased material. “Deranged” limbs should also be removed. These are limbs that are growing awkwardly, or in unwanted directions.

Proper equipment is very important, both for the safety of the operator, and for the health of the plant. Bypass pruners are an excellent option, as are pruning saws, amongst others. While motorized equipment may allow the job to be accomplished in a less labor-intensive manner, these types of tools can also be far more difficult to control. Because of their ease and efficiency, they carry a greater risk of serious mistakes being made. Motorized trimming and pruning are best left to professionals with adequate training. 

G&V Tree Services strives to preserve, protect, diagnose, and care for all of their clients’ tree and shrub needs. With state-of-the-art equipment, and a different perspective on Tree Services, G&V endeavors to provide their utmost honest solution to each tree’s situation. With 35 years of experience, the certified arborists at G&V Tree Services works hard to bring modern tree care techniques to bear for each and every client.

To request a free estimate, call G&V Tree Services at 703.337.3080, or visit their website.

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