Winter care for woody shrubs, trees

Don’t forget to water your woody trees and shrubs! Pick a day through the winter that is over 40 degrees and water thoroughly through the winter.

Late winter is also a good time to prune deciduous trees and shrubs. Thinning cuts help encourage growth and increase the amount of light reaching inside branches.

Winter is also a great time to look at shape and structure of deciduous trees, find pest infestations and prune weakened branches (before Spring storms decide which branches should go for you!)

Originally published on January 1st, 2013. Updated on April 30th, 2019.