If you have one or two trees on your property, engaging in tree pruning once in a while would be beneficial for the overall health of your tree. However, when is the best time to engage in tree pruning services? Although tree pruning can be carried out year-round, one of the best seasons to engage these services would be during the winter. Below are some of the reasons why you should consider pruning your trees in winter.

Identifying diseased and damaged parts

Homeowners with deciduous trees will be accustomed to the leaves dropping during the winter. Nevertheless, not many people will consider having the branches pruned once this happens. The reality is that after the leaves have fallen, it is easier to spot any damage or disease that the tree limbs have acquired. Moreover, a naked branch makes it easier for the arborist to make a decision on where would be the ideal locations for placing cuts in the tree. Without the presence of foliage, the tree pruning process becomes much easier and faster to finish.

Easy to restructure the canopy

Another reason you should consider tree pruning during the winter is that it is easier to restructure the canopy of your tree based on the branches rather than the leaves. A misconception that some people have is that restructuring the tree canopy simply involves the elimination of leaves to shape the structure of the tree. The truth of the matter is that the arborist can only shape the canopy of the tree based on the direction that the branches are growing. As such, restructuring the tree canopy during the winter when it lacks foliage gives the arborist better accuracy.

Pruning cuts heal easily

One thing most people do not realise is that trees tend to be more dormant in winter. This is especially true if it has lost most or all of its foliage during these colder months. This means that the rate at which they will be taking in food and nutrients from the roots and transported up to the leaves will be much slower than during the warmer months. With this decrease in the pace at which they carry out their photosynthetic process, the tree will have additional energy to focus on growing its bark. This ensures that any cuts that the tree acquires during the pruning process can heal in record time, preventing the development of opportunistic infections in the tree.