Published on Monday, March 01, 2021
Winter pruning is done on various trees and shrubs to ensure that dead, damaged, and diseased branches are removed, which encourages correct plant shape and overall development.
Most people think trimming or pruning is done only during the spring or fall, but that's not always the case. For example, in McMurray, Pennsylvania, and nearby areas, it's best to trim these plants in late winter while they're dormant.
Read about some of these common trees and shrubs that will benefit from winter pruning!
In Pennsylvania, apple trees are dormant in winter, and late winter is the ideal time to trim and prune before the growing season starts in earnest. For fruit trees, pruning is essential not only for the health of the tree but also to produce better quality fruits.
Too much dense growth means less sunlight for lower branches, and less sunlight means a weaker tree. Pruning an apple tree will also inevitably mean less fruit—but that’s ...