Winter Tree Care Checklist: Preparing Trees for Spring in 3 Steps

Winter Tree Care Checklist: Preparing Trees for Spring in 3 Steps

Successful holiday season? Check. Ringing in the New Year? Check. Now it’s just about time for things to calm down after a busy few weeks.

Take this time to put a checkmark next to winter tree care. There are three steps you can take now to help your trees remain strong throughout the winter season and prepare for proper spring growth.


Although your trees are in the inactive, or, dormant stage of growth, now is the best time to prune.

Dormant pruning leaves less impact on your landscape, allows for a more precise prune with bare tree branches and sets the tree up for spring, a good time for pruning wounds to heal.

Proper pruning will also help prevent snow and ice damage to trees and remove dead, diseased or unsafe branches.


Take a moment to inspect your trees from the bottom up, especially looking out for snow and ice damage. New damage may have occurred and old damage may have worsened from the wear and tear of Mother Nature. Look out for small holes in the trunk, decay such as cankers or cracks and dead twigs and branches.

Trees should also be inspected for insects or diseases that may have festered. A sign of infestation could mean a call for spring treatment, so contact your local arborist for a tree checkup.


Limbs and branches that are weak due to weather damage or disease can become a critical risk, posing a threat to the safety of you and your property. 

An inspection from your local arborist should be performed to determine whether tree removal is necessary. In some cases, trees can be strengthened with pruning and fertilization to boost health and cabling and bracing to maintain strength.

For more seasonal tips, download the Winter Tree Care Checklist.

Looking for a more tailored approach to caring for your property? Request a consultation with your local arborist today.

  • The Tree Doctor January 18, 2018 >Hi Sloan. We would be happy to take a look at your fruit trees and schedule treatment for your Scotch pines. I have passed along your information to your local office, so you should be hearing from them soon. Or, if you’d prefer, you can contact them at 866.950.4018 or Either way, talk soon, Sloan.
  • Sloan Schwindt January 17, 2018 >I have a peach tree that is about 6 years on site and I'd like to prune it back to a more managable size. I mentioned this to one of your arborists 2 years ago, but haven't done anything about it since. Do you have someone knowlegable about fruit trees on staff that could help? Also, we need to set up our spring turpinetine spraying for our Scotch pines,
  • Jerry Reed February 23, 2016 >Great post! I agree with how important winter care is to maintain good tree and shrub health. It is a misconception when the trees are left unpruned, believing to be inactive. Although most of the tree or shrub's activity come to a standstill during the harsh weather, the plant is inevitably putting up a brave battle to tide over the unfavorable conditions. Pruning, dead branch removal, checking a check on root health, and even winter fertilizers have been of brilliant help on my lawn! Thanks for sharing this comprehensive post.
  • johnny desousaa February 17, 2016 >Thanks for the sharing winter tree care checklist with us. Keep Sharing...
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