Mid January to early February is the time to prune our deciduous (lost their leaves) fruit and shade trees, and rose bushes. There have been some pretty awful examples of tree pruning especially in the valley over the years. It started with the brutal pruning of Mulberry trees and although not as prevalent with other types we still see some bad examples and damaging results. If pruned improperly, trees may sunburn-which leads to pealing bark and secondary problems like sooty canker. These results are nearly always fatal. If you don’t quite know where to start-don’t until you’ve contacted a professional’s advise. A mature shade tree is worth it’s weight in gold in beauty, leagacy, habitat for wildlife, and the money it’s saving you in a/c costs by shading your home. It takes many years to grow a tree to it’s full value (maturity) and no matter how much you spend on a new one, there is no way to replace a full grown tree! This is a great time to plant deciduous trees of all types by the way!
As for roses, you can’t quite do the damage by mispruning as we can with shade trees, in fact most people don’t prune heavy enough! Roses bloom on new growth. You must eliminate some old canes and growth to allow the plant to produce young vibrant canes and new terminal ends that will bloom. Many years our roses are in full bloom in January and it is hard to make yourself prune them, but it’s the right and necessary thing to do! Yes, it is also time to start planting new rose bushes now as well! This link will show you a short video on how to prune your rose bush.
If you have questions on pruning any type of tree, shrub, bush, or vine-please call or come by. One of the Harper Boys or team members will be glad to assist or direct you to one of our many resources if you’re not able to do the work yourself. We also provide pruning and regular maintenance services and would be glad to come out an evaluate your needs, make a recommendation and perform the work for you! Give us a call or come by today!