WINTER PRUNING: Why It Is Necessary


Most people would rather stay indoors during the wintertime than tend to the garden where everything looks “dead”. These plants such as deciduous trees, shrubs, and perennials are in a state of dormancy. Late winter is the PERFECT time to perform Winter Pruning for some plants in your yard.

Why is Winter Pruning necessary?

This step is essential in the horticultural service because when you properly prune the trees, shrubs, and perennials, you gain the following benefits:

  • The plants will have enough time to form leaf buds or flower buds on the new growth. This will promote healthier growth and encourage better blooms in the growing season.
  • It is easier to remove the damaged, dying, dead, or diseased branches because there is no foliage in the way. This action will control or prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Overgrown plants can be reshaped to maintain a well-balanced garden. Cris-crossing branches should be removed during this time. It refines form and keeps the interior of the tree open to sunlight, which is vital to flowers and fruit production.

Should all plants be pruned in the winter?

Not all plants are suitable for winter pruning. Some plants such as flowering cherry trees should be pruned in late Spring after they finish blooming. Others should be pruned in the  Summer, or even left until early Fall.

Examples of plants that will benefit from the late winter prunings are:

  • Rose of Sharon
  • Crepe Myrtles
  • Roses
  • Spirea
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Beauty berries
  • Abelia

Examples of plants that should NOT be pruned in late winter are:

  • Lilacs
  • Clematis
  • Jasmine
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Rhododendron
  • Azaleas
  • Magnolia
  • Dogwood

Leave this essential job to professionals like us so that you can stay cozy in your living room while we prune your plants. We always leave your yard clean immaculately.

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