Why Late Fall and Winter is the Ideal Time for Pruning Your Landscape

If you’ve heard that trimming your plants will help them grow back healthier, did you ever think about doing the same for your trees and shrubs? In fact, maintaining your large plants should be a higher priority if you want to have a healthy landscape each year. However, many homeowners struggle to keep up with their trimming needs during the spring and summer due to quick growth. This is one reason late fall and winter is an excellent time to get your pruning done.

Why exactly is it better to do this in the late fall or winter? As leaves begin to fall, parts of the bush or tree that might have been hard to reach before will be easier to inspect. Plus, the branches will be less heavy without all those leaves. Then you can better see which parts might be old or diseased and should be cut off. Plus, it’s better to prune in the late fall or winter because the fresh cut will attract bugs, and there’s less of them in cold weather.

Additionally, pruning promotes new growth. With less of the plant to send nutrients to, the shrubbery will get a better jump next spring. The cuts will promote new growth, so they will often grow back better than ever if they lasted the winter.

As you’re out doing yard work, you can also take the opportunity to take back control of any overgrown areas. Once the first frost hits, they will start to slow their growing process, and you’ll have better luck at separating bushes that have accidentally grown too close.

As you’re raking up leaves, or better yet, mulching those leaves into the lawn, you should also keep on top of your lawn. Routinely trimming it will help ensure that once the snow arrives, your lawn won’t be covered in long grass or leaves. This leads to a better lawn coming out of winter.

We hope these tips will help you take care of your property this fall so you achieve ideal growth in the spring. If you need help preparing your lawn for the winter or trimming your trees and/or shrubs this late fall/winter, give bioLawn or our sister company bioTree a call. We’re experts in nurturing lawns, landscapes and trees.