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When can I trim my trees and shrubs?

February 27th, 2015

Spring is approaching, and along with the promise of green leaves and colorful landscapes come the pests that love to make our green leaves turn brown. One of the more prominent problems in our area is Oak Wilt.

Oak Wilt is a fungal disease that spreads through root grafts and by beetles that carry the spores. One of the best means of prevention is to prevent wounds to oak trees during the “High-Risk” season (April, May, June). The ideal time to prune oak trees is November through March.

Late winter and early spring is a great time to prune most plants in general. Pruning trees or shrubs just before entering winter (when they will be dormant all winter, and will not heal) leaves an open wound which can lead to desiccation damage and winter kill (usually tip die-back). The great thing about late winter/early spring pruning is that the plants will soon be emerging from dormancy and will recover quickly as they put on their early spring growth, and it is generally too cool for most pests and diseases to be a problem yet.

Give us a call if you would like us to take care of your shrub trimming needs!

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