Matt's Lawn and Landscape

Best Time for Winter Pruning: Jan-Feb

The best time for Winter Pruning is January- February:

There are several reasons to prune in winter, such as removing dead wood, shaping a tree or shrub while its frame is still visible before leaves emerge, or keeping the plant healthy. Pruning while a plant is dormant make it easier for the plant to recover which is important for next year’s flowers.

*Prune dead wood and foliage
*Prune to promote new growth
*Prune for structure and form

General Cold-Weather Pruning Tips
* Prune on a mild, dry day. Not only is this more pleasant for you, the gardener—it also helps to prevent the spreading of waterborne plant diseases or damage from cold temperatures.
* Never prune too early in the winter, as incisions can dry out if the temperature drops well below freezing.
* When pruning, first prune out dead and diseased branches, especially those caused by the winter’s snow and ice.
* Unwanted lower branches on all evergreen shrubs and trees should also be removed in late winter.
* Remove overgrown and smaller branches to increase light and air at the crown of the tree.
* In general, your goal is to keep the branches that develop or maintain the structure of the tree.
* Cut branches at the node, the point at which one branch or twig attaches to another.

Now is the time to review your properties and create a long-term plan for plant health. In general terms, corrective or rejuvenation pruning can be done at a fraction of the cost and disruption of removal and replacement of landscape trees and shrubs.

Please contact us for a review of your properties, Hantho Outdoor Services is happy to be your partner in creating lasting landscapes. (763) 477-5011 or

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