Posted on Dec 2, 2023 at 8:03 am by Oliver C
Within our gardens, it is essential to pay attention to the various species of trees and shrubs that make them up. Some of them need to be pruned during the winter period, while others will have to wait until spring to be cared for.
Winter resistance without pruning
Some tree varieties withstand winter better without requiring pruning. This resistance is explained by several valid reasons. First of all, the dense foliage of these trees plays a crucial role in protecting them from winter cold. By keeping their leaves intact, they maintain natural insulation that preserves their roots from freezing temperatures, thus helping to prevent the onset of frost-related diseases.
In addition, the decision not to prune these shrubs is also influenced by aesthetic considerations. By avoiding pruning, you extend the period of beauty of these trees, admiring their vibrant colors and lush foliage throughout the winter, adding a touch of charm to your garden.
Life around unpruned trees
Finally, an equally significant reason lies in the ecological role of these trees. They serve as shelters for a variety of animals, including hedgehogs, who particularly enjoy their stems for shelter. Moreover, these shrubs provide a source of food for birds such as sparrows, robins, and tits, who delight in them during the winter season.
Winter pruning: Necessary for some fruit trees
However, if the need for pruning is felt, it is essential to do so with caution and following the appropriate recommendations to minimize risks for the tree and the inhabitants of your garden. The winter period offers an ideal opportunity to undertake pruning activities for other tree varieties, such as fruit trees like apple trees, cherry trees, pear trees, and plum trees.
By pruning the buds, you encourage the distribution of fruits on the tree and ensure an adequate sap flow to promote the growth of delicious fruits. This practice also helps balance the volume of roots with that of branches, thus promoting the overall vitality of the tree.
Trees not to be pruned during the cold months
Some trees should not be pruned during the cold months, from December to March. These include spring-flowering trees, winter-flowering shrubs, evergreen perennials, decorative fruit shrubs, decorative branches, and hydrangeas.
Pruning in winter can compromise their beauty and health.
It is essential to learn about and respect the specific needs of the different trees and shrubs present in your garden. Some of them will need to be pruned during the winter period, while others will benefit from special care in spring or even early summer. Let’s not forget my grandfather’s precious autumn rituals to prepare fruit trees for the next winter and boost the harvest.