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Top 5 Reasons Why Dormant Winter Pruning is Essential

Winter pruning is an essential component of landscape maintenance.

Pruning is the process of cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems to promote healthy plant growth.

It has many benefits to your landscaping, including encouraging flowering, shaping plants, removing diseased wood, promoting larger harvests and more.

Here’s 5 great reasons why winter pruning is essential:

1. Bare stems make shaping shrubs and spotting disease much easier.

It’s far easier to make pruning decisions without leaves obscuring a plant’s branching structure. Having a clear view allows you to be selective and remove the proper branches from plants and trees.

2. Maintain your plant’s health.

Pruning 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, which will then spread to healthy tissues of a plant and potential through your community.

3. Control the growth of your plant.

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. 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).

5. Pruning promotes safety.

Dormant pruning reduces the size of shrubbery and eliminates blind spots, allowing better visibility to entry walks, walking paths, parking areas, etc.

Continuum’s exterior services team is ready to assist you this winter.

We hold our team to the highest of standards, and are constantly conducting site quality assessments to make sure all of our properties are exceeding our customer’s expectations.

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 windstorms.

Continuum can also stimulate a plant to produce a more dense growth pattern, or our team can thin a plant to control its growth without stimulating excessive new growth that may change the plant’s natural appearance or growth habit.


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