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Why Winter Pruning is Important to your Landscape

by on June 11, 2013

Landscaping specialists say that a structurally sound tree that is professionally cared for is an important quality to your St. Louis Landscape and will even increase your property’s value. It is for this reason that winter pruning is a must. There is no better time than the winter for St. Louis Landscapers to evaluate the health and structural needs of your ornamentals.

What can be distinguished during winter pruning?

When landscaping experts prune your trees in the winter, they are looking for signs of damage caused by disease, insects or other problems. They inspect the tree for damaged limbs that need to be removed in order to maintain the health and vitality of the tree. However, it’s also important for them to maintain the structure of the tree so it does not become physically weakened. During the winter, they are better able to obtain this information because there are no leaves to hide possible damage.

Newly planted trees can also be inspected to see how well they are flourishing. The first few years of a tree life are very important, and if there is something that should be corrected, now is the time to do so. One specific problem landscaping authorities look for is “co-dependent branches.” These are branches that are not attached to the tree in a structurally sound manner. If this condition isn’t corrected when the tree is still young, the branches are more likely to break when the tree is older. This may not sound like a serious issue, but as a property owner, it may be hazardous to have a tree on your property that has limbs that are easily broken.

Call and schedule a winter inspection with your local landscaping company!

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