Dormant Pruning and the Benefits of Tree Care During Colder Months

Is your landscaping company working year round on your properties? Despite what many think, landscaping is a year-round job. A property’s landscaping needs year-round attention, especially because dormant pruning during colder months is a necessity to help trees and shrubs endure harsh winter weather and ensure healthy growth during the spring.

Timing and technique are important for pruning to be beneficial. Dormant pruning takes place during the dormant season –late fall to early spring. Dormant pruning is critical to the health of some varieties of trees and shrubs because it:

Promotes Faster Healing

Pruning cuts in the bark will heal more quickly during the dormant season than during the growing season. Since the pruning process will not coincide with new growth, plants can focus their efforts on repairing pruning cuts before they channel their energies into growing and blooming.

With this in mind, the dormant season is actually the best time of year to have your landscaping company remove damaged limbs from trees, allowing the tree to focus on healing and ensuring your property remains safe throughout the winter months, when heavy snow accumulation can cause weak and damaged tree limbs to fall.

Controls growth

Pruning helps you control your tree or shrub’s growth, but what about the turf and plants around it? Removing dead and broken branches allows for more light and air to filter to the ground, providing benefits to the plants and turf below.

Prevents disease

Pruning is necessary to keep plants and trees healthy. By aiding the tree’s natural growth process, we are able to reduce disease, weak limbs, suckers and water sprouts. Properly pruned trees and specimen
shrubs will grow faster, stronger and will be more attractive.

Removing dead or dying branches redirects the resources the tree would have used to healthy areas, which helps the tree maintain good overall health, making it hardier and more disease-resistant.

In the cooler months, openings in the bark are less vulnerable to pests or disease damage, making the dormant season the ideal time to prune many trees and shrubs.

Dormant pruning isn’t best for all species of trees and shrubs

It’s important to note that not all trees and shrubs should be pruned in the dormant season. Lilacs, for example, should be pruned right after they bud. Pruning lilacs during the dormant season could actually damage their buds and reduce the number of flowers they produce in the spring.

Garden Grove Landscaping has a team of experts trained to monitor and manage the ongoing growth of your trees and specimen shrubs and ensure your plants never outgrow their place in your landscape. Depending on your plant, tree or specimen shrub variety, we will work with you to ensure an appropriate schedule is devised for your property.

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Written by David Lammers

David Lammers is the president of Garden Grove Landscaping. Garden Grove provides Commercial Landscape Management Services across the Golden Horseshoe, GTA and Southwestern Ontario. David may be contacted at or 1-866-996-1099.