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Pruning and Upkeep of Trees and Shrubs in Late Winter

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Pruning and Upkeep of Trees and Shrubs in Late Winter

Most of us want and need to prune our trees and shrubs for several reasons. We want to influence their sizes and growth habits, make sure fruit trees get enough sun and air circulation where they need it, and keep hedges thick and tidy. Some trees and shrubs are very sensitive to when they are pruned, and may not flower, for example, if you prune at the wrong time. Winter and late winter, however, are generally a good time to prune anything—like right now.

In today’s blog we are going to give you some of the reasons why pruning in late winter is a good thing.


If you prune right now, while it is cold outside, the trees and shrubs are less likely to contract a disease in the open wound. The cuts do not heal until it warms up a bit, but, in general, it is safer to prune now.


Deciduous trees and shrubs do not have new leaves yet. This means you can see the shape of the tree and shrub more easily than you can once all the leaves are out. It is easier to manage the architecture of the whole tree or shrub when you can see clearly all the branches.


Most trees and shrubs are still dormant. In the spring and summer, sometimes pruning can stimulate growth where you cut. If you prune while it is still cold, then you do not specifically stimulate growth at the cut spots.

We recommend that you prune your trees and shrubs now if you have not done so already. Reap the benefits mentioned above before everything leafs out.

Stop by our store in Surrey, and we will be happy to talk to you about pruning your trees and shrubs.

Art Knapp has 15 locations across British Columbia and is well known as the go-to garden centre for everything garden-related. Art Knapp, himself, began the business in the 1940's, and now, 80 years later, you can find more than he ever dreamed of in our stores. Come and see us on King George Boulevard in Surrey. 

If you have any questions about this article or want to talk to us about gardening, just give us a call at (604) 596-9201.

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