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Winter Pruning

Although it may seem that winter isn’t a good time to do much of anything for your facility’s landscape, it is a great time to tackle pruning chores. According to our Director of Exterior Services, Marc Goodhart, dormant pruning is beneficial for many reasons, which include:

  1. To begin with, it is far easier to make pruning decisions without leaves obscuring a plant’s branching structure. Having a clear view allows Continuum’s staff to be selective and remove the proper branches from plants and trees.
  2. Continuum can maintain the health of your plants by removing dead, diseased, injured or unproductive wood. Damaged or dead wood can be an entry point for insects or disease that will then spread to healthy tissues of a plant and potential through your community.
  3. Pruning cuts made during the dormant season tend to heal before a plant produces new wood or leaves in the spring. By pruning during the winter we can help to control or direct the growth of a plant.
  4. Continuum is able to remove crossing branches, dead or decaying wood and weak branch attachments; weak branch attachment is the leading cause of broken branches during wind storms.
  5. Continuum can also stimulate a plant to produce a more dense growth pattern or can thin a plant to control its growth without stimulating excessive new growth that may change the plant’s natural appearance or growth habit.
  6. Pruning can help a plant to improve flower set on a plant. As plants mature they frequently produce a greater quantity of flowers but the flower size itself is reduced. By reducing the wood of a plant, the plant’s energy is then diverted into producing fewer flowers of a larger size. In addition, pruning can help to promote the production of more colorful stems (such as those of Red Twig Dogwood).
  7. Safety, dormant pruning reduces the size of shrubbery and eliminates blind spot around, allowing better visibility to entry walks, walking paths, parking areas, etc.


Continuum Services is currently scheduling dormant pruning visits. Please feel free to contact us at 248.286.5200 or at info@continuumservices.com to discuss this service or to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.