Five Tips to Winter Tree Trimming

Are you sitting back inside your house all warm and comfy?  Are you not giving one thought to your landscaping?  Nothing is really growing and you know that now is not the time to prune your shrubs and plants.  Well, viagra sale there is one landscape task that can be done in January.  It’s actually a good time to do this too.  What is this task?  It’s desert tree trimming.

The winter is a good time to trim desert trees.  Most of them have lost their leaves by now.  So, you can see the branching structure of the tree.  You can easily pick out mistletoe and broken branches too.

Here are my five tips to doing a great job with your winter trimming:

  1. Look for and remove mistletoe.  Mistletoe looks like dark green clumps in your branches.
  2. Remove broken branches.  They can be a hazard if left in the tree (especially when you get a strong wind).
  3. Cut out crossing branches.  These are branches that rub against each other.  And, definitely don’t let a crossing branch get as large as the one shown here.  Remove them when they’re small.
  4. Remove tree stakes as soon as your tree can support itself.   Often new trees come  from the nursery with tree stakes attached to them.  Or, you may need to add one or two stakes to your new tree to help support it when you plant  it.  Remove the stakes as soon as your tree no longer needs them.  Leaving them on too long can  cause your tree to become  dependent on the stakes.  I’ve seen mature trees with nursery stakes still attached and the tree trunk growing around the stake.
  5. And, most importantly…don’t overprune your trees!  Less is always better when trimming.  You can always go back later and do more trimming.  Overpruning trees can interfere with photosynthesis and cause sunburn to the branches that had previously been shaded.

Trees are an asset to your property and help to reduce your utility bills by cooling your home in the summer.  Take care of them and they’ll last a long time.

Contact us at (520) 370-5697 if we can answer any of your tree care questions or assist you with your tree trimming.  We have an on-staff certified arborist to help you with your tree needs!


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