March/Early April is a
Great Time to Prune Trees and Shrubs
Posted on March 9, 2015
Now is a great time to
prune your small trees and/or shrubs. At this time of year, you can see the
overall branch structure easily and most insects and disease causing organisms
are not active. Late fall/winter pruning is especially important for oak trees
to help prevent spread of the fungus that causes oak wilt.
Pruning can help
control the size of a tree or shrub, direct growth, influence flowering or
fruiting, and/or maintain plant health and appearance. Looking for information
on how to specifically prune trees, shrubs, or evergreens? See the pruning fact
sheets on the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Horticulture
Website at http://hort.uwex.edu/articles/archives/9. But … if your mature tree needs a lot of pruning or has
hard-to reach branches, hire an arborist – a trained tree service professional.
Failure to do so may result in an injury to yourself or damage to the tree,
nearby buildings, utility wires, or other landscape plants while pruning.
Want to learn more
about pruning trees and shrubs? UW-Extension in Waukesha and Milwaukee counties
still have openings in their hands-on pruning workshops in March. Registration is
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