While Trees Take a Winter Respite, Get Them in Shape for Next Spring
Dec. 1, 2005 – Stamford, Conn. – This time of year, the only thought we usually give our trees is if we’re ever going to be able to rake up all their leaves. But late fall and early winter are actually a key time for tree care, particularly pruning, which can improve their beauty and safety year-round.
Trees become dormant during colder weather, making pruning easier because you can better see their structure when no leaves are on the branches. According to the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), pruning is an important part of tree health. It not only enhances appearance, but the removal of dead or broken branches also keeps trees structurally sound. That means the risk of falling limbs or even an entire tree falling is greatly reduced.
In pruning, where you make the cut is as important as knowing what to remove. ISA Executive Director, Jim Skiera advises, “Just be aware that each tree is different, and pruning at the wrong time or in the wrong way can injure a tree or make it susceptible to disease.”
Property owners who need assistance pruning their trees should consult an ISA certified arborist. A professional arborist guided by specific pruning standards established by the American National Standards Institute will ensure that cuts are made correctly and with a purpose. Removing dead or diseased wood, providing clearance or improving the structure of the tree are the most common reasons.
“Improper pruning can cause long term damage to trees. Unfortunately, I see it all the time,” said Greg Daniels, President of Bartlett Tree Experts. “But when done correctly, pruning can really make a difference – to the tree’s health, to the light and shade in a yard, to the view from a picture window and even to keeping a property safer.”
About Bartlett Tree Experts
The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company was founded in 1907 by Francis A. Bartlett and is the world’s leading scientific tree and shrub care company. The organization’s current chairman, Robert A. Bartlett Jr., represents the third generation of Bartlett family management. Bartlett has offices in 25 U.S. states, Canada, Ireland and Great Britain. Services include pruning, integrated pest and disease management, soil analysis and management, cabling and bracing, tree lightning protection systems and tree/stump removal. Its corporate offices are located in Stamford, Connecticut. To find out more, visit the company’s web site at www.bartlett.com or call 1-877-BARTLETT (227-8538).
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