Winter is the Best Time to Trim Oak Trees
Winter is the best time to trim oak trees. Winter pruning will prevent the spread of diseases (oak wilt disease is dormant during the winter months), making it important to avoid pruning oak trees during the active growing months of April through June.
What Are the Benefits of Winter Tree Trimming & Removal?
Pruning a tree during the winter dormancy period is common practice. Benefits of winter tree trimming include:
- Reduce the risk of spreading some of the more common diseases affecting trees, such as oak wilt - typically spread by a beetle through fresh wounds in trees. According to the MN DNR, the best time to trim oaks is before April.
- Trees are dormant during the Minnesota winter. Because of this dormancy, "wounds" to the tree from trimming will only be exposed for a very short length of time - and in the spring, new growth begins sealing new wounds.
- Pruning also improves the health of your trees by removing dead or dying branches that have previously been injured by disease, insects, mites, animals and storms.
- The ground around your trees is frozen in the winter. Pruning can be done without compacting the soil around the tree's roots. Any heavy equipment needed to access your trees will have less impact on the soil and landscaping around your yard's trees.
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