Is It Time To Prune Your Trees?
Getting the best tree surgery Somerset has to offer is a great way to make sure your trees are as healthy as possible and your garden is looking its best all year round.
Trees are a significant investment for any garden, with trees that are a couple of years old potentially costing hundreds of pounds for some varieties. In fact the old maxim, the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the next best time is today, rings true even now.
Winter pruning, when the tree or shrub is dormant is a great way to ensure the plant remains as healthy as possible. It is actually best to do it now, when the worst of the cold weather is hopefully past us, but before the vigorous burst of growth in the spring. Pruning will encourage this even more than usual.
If you want to prune a tree so that it creates better displays of flowering, either so it is more visually pleasing or so that it creates more fruit, then winter pruning is best for trees that flower in the mid-summer.
Winter is a great time to prune as there is a lower rate of the pathogens such as fungi and pests that can attack the tree. By pruning you are essentially ‘wounding’ the tree and adding an entry point for something to enter the plant and attack it. The cool weather will keep these at bay. Conversely the worst time to prune is in the autumn.