Tree limbs are pruned for multiple reasons, all of which result in a better looking and better performing tree. Removing damaged or unhealthy limbs increases plant health. Removing these limbs allows for more sunlight to reach the tree and will increase the growth of new ones.
Although trees do grow quite naturally without pruning, this routine landscape maintenance allows your trees to reach their full potential and live a long life. A tree should be refreshed at least once a year to remove dead or unhealthy limbs. There is never a bad time to remove dead, damaged or diseased branches. But most trees benefit from pruning in mid to late winter. Pruning during dormancy encourages new growth as soon as the weather begins to warm. The lack of leaves after autumn allows you to easily identify branches and limbs requiring removal. Removing these limbs will help to benefit the tree.
While well-pruned trees are healthier, they are also stronger. Removing dead or damaged limbs is also a matter of safety and prevention. Trimming the trees in your yard creates a safe space for your family and friends.
Dead branches, diseased trees and weak limbs are all a danger to people and property. When pruning trees, take a moment to assess if tree branches are becoming too close to your home or other structures. Depending on where you live, it is also important to prune trees to thin out branches and dead limbs before hurricane seasons. Too much foliage can result in trees being top heavy and falling over easier in storms while falling branches may damage a house or plants below.
Late summer or early Fall is the perfect time for tilling the ground and adding organic matter, like compost or manure, to improve soil structure and nutrient levels. The cold winter months provide ample time for the organic matter to break down and mingle with the dirt.
Autumn is also the ideal time to plant bulbs, perennials, and more before winter sets in. It’s also an optimum time to plant trees and shrubs. Air temperatures are dropping, but the soil is still quite warm and perfect for root development. That way when Spring arrives, your new plants will get off to a stronger start.
This time of year, is also a great opportunity to put down new pine straw, check to make sure irrigation and lighting everything is working and relay any gravel, rocks or pavers you may have.