5 Reasons to Prune During the Dormant Season

5 Reasons to Prune During the Dormant Season

You may dread the thought of late fall and winter elements, but for your trees, it’s the moment they’ve been waiting for all year.

The dormant season temporarily slows tree growth, which may sound damaging, but in reality it provides opportunity. Pruning in this season is an ideal time to promote current tree health and future tree growth.

So why is this timely trimming just what your tree wants? The tree’s inactivity coupled with the outdoor elements give us five reasons.

  1. Dormant pruning helps support disease management.

While pruning in warmer spring and summer temperatures can cause certain diseases to spread, a fresh cut in the dormant season makes the tree less likely to attract disease-carrying insects and spread disease. Also, the presence of some diseases is easier to spot on a bare tree.

  1. The tree has a foundation for the upcoming spring.

Pruning when leaves are absent makes it easier to improve the branching pattern and direct future growth. Furthermore, when a tree is pruned after the start of new growth in the spring, blooming potential may be limited.

  1. Dormant pruning keeps trees sustained through the season.

Getting rid of weak or damaged branches clears that tree of areas that may break off in winter weather.

  1. A precise prune is possible.

Leaf drop throughout the fall season makes branches easier to see, so there is easy access to prune a tree at its core. This provides the most time-efficient solution for you.

  1. Dormant pruning saves time and money.

With the cold weather providing a harder ground, arborists have easier access to the tree using equipment. This more efficient method of pruning saves us time and saves you money.

Download our infographic with quick facts about pruning in the dormant season.

You can reap all the benefits of dormant pruning all the way through the winter months. Contact your local Davey arborist about a dormant pruning consultation.


  • The Tree Doctor October 3, 2016 >Hi there, Sue and Joe! So glad you got our letter. We'd be more than happy to help get a quote to trim your maple tree and provide a check-up for the rest of your trees and shrubs. I've passed along your request to your local arborist, so he should be reaching out soon. If you'd rather, you can contact them directly at 586.580.7393 or davey.com/local-offices/northeast-detroit-tree-service/#main-form. Here if there's anything else we can do to help. Talk more soon!
  • Sue Raymon October 3, 2016 >Hello: We received your letter telling us you will be in our area this fall. My husband and I would like to get a quote to trim our maple tree in the front yard and complimentary tree & shrub inspection while you are in the neighborhood. Thank you Sue & Joe Raymon 586-942-7833
  • The Tree Doctor March 2, 2016 >Hi there, Peter, Thanks so much for reaching out to Davey for help. We absolutely have experience pruning and caring for Japanese maple trees. To schedule a free consultation with your local arborist, fill out the form on this webpage: http://www.davey.com/local-offices/santa-cruz-tree-service/#main-form. Or, you can give them a call at this number: 831.291.5341. They'll be more than happy to help you out with any questions you have, a quote and setting up an appointment to get your tree pruned. Wishing you and your trees all the best, The Davey Social Team
  • peter zedak February 9, 2016 >would like a large japanese maple pruned. do you have experience with this type of tree?
  • Colette Cribari January 15, 2016 >We have an ash tree in the front yard that needs to be trimmed and possibly sprayed. Could you please provide a quote?
  • TROY DYE December 21, 2015 >need (3) apple trees and (3) pear trees pruned . There is one cheery tree that must be removed next springby me. pruned last year by your company. 15921 Common Rd,Roseville,Mi
  • Chuck Smith December 19, 2015 >We would like our two maple trees pruned. Can you provide a quote? Thanks. Chuck & Jamie Smith 49 S Clarkson St Denver, CO 80209
  • Kanakas Total Gardens Kanakas October 18, 2015 >Thank you for the info. From Victoria bc.
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