Resources Category: Education

Can you prune trees in winter?

Pruning in winterMany of our clients ask us, “What time of year is best to prune trees? Can you prune trees in winter?” to which we reply, “Good question!”

If you were pruning for fruit production, timing can be critical. You would definitely want to consult with an arborist about the specific needs of your fruit tree. But for general pruning, there is no bad time of year.

“For general pruning, there is no bad time of year.”

Now that winter is here, and deciduous foliage has fallen, many arborists take advantage of clear views into the structure of trees to study branch arrangement and any questionable, diseased, or broken branches to be pruned.

If you think your trees may need pruning, here is a short educational video to help you learn the why, what, and when of pruning trees.

Please give us a call if you need help determining whether your trees need any of the following:

  • Thinning of the crown to allow air flow.
  • Removal of hazard branches
  • Improving the view through a tree
  • Elevating a tree
  • Removal of dead wood
  • Pruning of damaged or broken branches
  • Pruning of diseased branches
  • Pruning of rubbing branches
  • Pruning of any other areas that are densely branched.

Resources Category: Education

Emerald Ash Borer in Peterborough a matter of time

Emerald Ash Borer image from CFIA

The Emerald Ash Borer, a destructive beetle killing ash trees in Ontario, Quebec, and throughout the U.S. (source:

If you were an ash tree in Ontario, you would likely believe that the Mayan calendar indeed ends in disaster. For you, the end of the world as you know it is coming, and your visiting angel of Death is the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, EAB has killed millions of ash trees in Ontario and many parts of the United States. It poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas. Since entering Canada in 2002, it has affected areas along the 401 corridor from Windsor to the GTA, up the Bruce County, in areas from Montreal to Ottawa, and now Frontenac. While EAB is not yet in Peterborough, unfortunately it’s just a matter of time.

According to Treescape’s Senior Consulting Arborist, Paul Hambidge, “Peterborough and the Kawarthas is the gap in the middle of the affected regions. The emerald ash borer will definitely come here, it’s just a question of time before we find it.”

To learn more about the emerald ash borer in the Peterborough area and how the biopesticide, TreeAzin—developed by the Canadian Forest Service and BioForest Technologies Inc.—is being used as a proactive treatment for your ash trees, we put together this short educational video. Through preventative tree care offered by Treescape Certified Arborists, it might not be the end of the world for your ash trees after all.

If you have any questions or concerns about emerald ash borer, please drop us a line and read our emerald ash borer page for more info.