1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

November 30, 2008

:335 Trim Dead Growth

Filed under: :335 Trim Dead Growth — Tags: , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:46 am

Take the 1:5:10:365 challenge: Do one thing – for 5 to 10 minutes – 365 days a year to make our home and planet environment better.

1:5:10:335 EcoTip: With winter nearly here and the leaves off the trees. This is a good time to trim dead growth and prune back your trees while they are dormant. Winter ice, snow and heavy winds place a lot of stress of tree branches. Pruning at the beginning of winter helps reduce the risk of damage to the tree and your property when outdoor conditions get severe. It is also easier to prune while the leaves are off. 

Another advantage to winter pruning is eliminating diseased sections while they are dormant. This a good organic way to deal with over wintering pest problems and disease. Make sure you don’t leave the waste laying around your trees or it may spread back to the plants when they become active again.

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