Friday, November 9, 2012

Winter is on its way...time to prune!

For some, winter consists of days and nights filled with ice and snow. For others who live in a milder climate, winter days and nights are cold and wet. No matter where you live, pruning trees and shrubs during the winter of year can be one of the most feared acts in gardening.
Perhaps using sharp meal objects to cut away life goes against our inner code of ethics.  However, nature is a great pruner. When trees and shrubs grow too close together, branches of one tree may die in the fierce competition for sunlight and airflow.
Pruning is a vital component in the gardening process. Consider the following practical winter pruning tips for trees and shrubs.
• Thinning – Thinning cuts away diseased and injured parts of a tree or shrub. The process allows more air and light to find its way to healthier parts.  Thinning enhances a tree or shrub’s health.
• Reduction – Nature, for the most part, allows trees to grow in an environment where there is ample sunlight and water for each tree. The task of the weekend gardener is to prevent trees and shrubs from growing too close together in a yard.  Reduction can eliminate the stress of overgrowth and allow for maximum flowering and bountiful fruit yields.
• Amputation – Amputation is a harsh sounding word no matter what it’s used to describe.  Often, plants or shrubs may need severe pruning to restore them back to health.  The good thing is that plants can be amazingly forgiving with the pruning experiments conducted by amateur gardeners.
Pruning can be a chore anytime of the year, and especially during winter months. The good thing is you don’t have to go it alone.  The professional  Arborists at Trees "R" Us, Inc. have served the Chicagoland area for over 20 years.  Give us a call!  We’ll give you a free estimate of your property’s tree service needs along with several practical winter pruning tips.
We can be reached at, or by telephone at 847-913-9069.
Thanks for reading,

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