Winter is an excellent time to prune ornamental trees and young shade trees!

Making proper pruning cuts is vital to the long-term health, stability and strength of your ornamental and young shade trees. Trees planted in the open landscape can develop multiple main leaders or spreading, reaching branches that can be structurally weak, and can cause significant damage to the tree when it breaks. Removing those types of branches when they are smaller is better for the tree and can help avoid long term issues with your trees. Winter is the best time to do this type of pruning because all the leaves are off the trees and there is an unobstructed view of the crown of the tree.

Some types of structural pruning include; reducing a competing leader so that a single dominant leader can be developed; reduction cuts shorten branches back to limb to reduce the overall crown size of a tree, and thinning allows more light into the interior canopy and reduces wind resistance within the crown. While these types of pruning may result in apparent holes in the crown, they are only temporary as the tree will continue to grow and fill in, especially if it is a young tree. Having this type of pruning work done on your trees every 1-3 years, while they are young and establishing, will help ensure your trees have a long and beautiful presence in your landscape.
When the cold weather settles in, a lot of people spend more time looking out their windows at their yard than they do out in their yard. There maybe some areas of your yard that you may think look a little boring this time of year. One way to brighten up your winter landscape is with some new winter-interest plants. There are many ways a plant can provide winter interest. One of the most common ways is with fruit of various kinds, such as Red berries, which can be found on Evergreen Hollies, Winterberry, Red and Yellow Twig Dogwood, various Viburnums, Cotoneaster and Pyracantha, just to name a few. Orange berries can be found on some Pyracantha and Winterberry, while Purple berries are unusual and stand out nicely against a snowy background. These landscape standouts can be found on the Aptly name Beautyberry. White berries, while not standing out so much against snow, do look nice against the colorful stems of the Red Osier Dogwoods. You can also find white berries on certain types of Beautyberry as well as the more common Snowberry.

There are many other types of plants with winter interest, which we will cover in the February & March monthly newsletter as part of this three part series.
If you are interested in meeting with one of our designers to discuss the start of your winter interest garden. Please feel free to contact our customer service representative to set this up.
ND Landscape, Inc.
2 Martel Way, Georgetown MA 01833
(978) 352-5400 | customerservice@ndlandscape.com