The new year is here! That means people are making resolutions on everything from losing a few pounds, to taking night classes, to finally cleaning out the attic. At Washington Tree Experts, we believe in setting new expectations and goals as we enter the New Year. For us, this time of the also year means something else: it’s pruning season! Start maintaining your tree health this year by scheduling pruning in your area.  

What is Pruning?

Pruning is when you cut away excess hangings and branches from trees to help them flourish. This is a common practice for a variety of plants and shrubs. Beyond just aesthetic value, pruning trees has huge benefits for your tree’s overall health including reduced risk for disease, better growth, and longer life. It can also affect a plant’s flowering, affect the direction of growth, fruit production, and a variety of other aspects of tree health.

Why should I prune my trees?

To keep them healthier for longer

When pruned correctly, cutting away damaged tree branches has a huge benefit for tree health. When you cut away old, damaged branches, trees will redirect their energy into maintaining healthier branches and leaves. This both contributes to the tree’s overall longevity and rejuvenates older trees. Getting rid of excess branches also helps avoid fungi and other harmful ailments, because older branches are especially susceptible to diseases that can harm the entire tree. Finally, getting rid of old branches can give other parts of the tree better access to sunlight to promote health and growth.

To improve safety in your area

Loose and hanging branches can be hazardous in a number of ways. If a storm happens or branches fall unexpectedly they can severely impact traffic and damage property. They can even cause power outages and other large-scale problems if branches fall near power lines. Dealing with old and loose branches before they fall and especially before storms is very important for your community’s safety.

For aesthetic value

Beyond the benefits for tree health and your safety, pruning also adds great aesthetic value to your neighborhood and property. For homeowners who are looking to sell their houses or individuals who want their neighborhoods looking their best, giving the trees in your area a new haircut will keep your trees healthy and beautiful.   

Why is the beginning of the year the right time to prune deciduous plants?

Deciduous plants are trees that lose their leaves in the winter and bloom again in the Spring. Mid to late winter is the most common time to prune. The coldest temperatures have passed, but Spring blooming hasn’t started yet. Pruning during that period promotes growth when Spring time rolls around. Additionally, the most efficient time to prune is when your plants don’t have leaves on them because it’s easiest to identify and address unhealthy branches. Winter pruning also means your plants are less likely to contract diseases as fewer diseases can be transmitted during the winter.

How can I schedule pruning in my area?

Pruning can be a big job. Sometimes a quick pruning job can be done yourself, but large-scale jobs typically require a professional. For over 20 years, Washington Tree Experts have been serving the Puget Sound area. That means we know how to prune trees in this area to ensure they flourish this year and for years to come. Our team will work with you to figure out what is best for your trees, and even come to your neighborhood for a free consultation.  To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment contact us today!

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