Winter Cutbacks & Pruning

Winter Cutbacks & Pruning

Winter is a great time to perform seasonal cutbacks, as wells as rejuvinational prunings, on various trees and shrubs. Examples of plants in need of basic winter cutbacks are liriope, decorative grasses like pampas grasses, and roses,  just to name a few. Rejuvanational prunings would be executed on any overgrown shrubs and trees, like bushes in front of windows or doors, or overtaking walkways. Most of the pruning of crape myrtles, oaks, maples, and evergreen trees are also done this time of year.

This is the ideal time of year to complete these projects, because the plants are in dormancy.  This means that the plants’ sap flow is either nonexistent or minimal. This allows the plants to undergo little to no stress, which will improve their survival rates. These projects can, however, be pushed into April, since there is so much growth in spring.  Stress will be tolerated better in spring than in summer and fall months.

In most cases, plants that have been cut back in the winter will come out of dormancy experiencing minimal loss.

If a significant rejuvinational pruning is executed, and a plant’s dimensions are modified by one or more feet, the plant is not guaranteed to survive.  However, the chance of survival is greater when the pruning occurs in the winter compared to other times of the year. Please contact us if you need any assistance with projects of this nature or any other landscaping projects you may have.