We may be experiencing an arctic Freeze around much of the country, but Groundhog Day is in less than a week. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow, then spring will come early. If it’s sunny, however, and the groundhog sees its shadow, winter is predicted to continue for another six long weeks. With flights grounded and events in the Northeast cancelled from snowstorms, everyone has their fingers crossed that Punxsutawney Phil won’t see his shadow on Sunday.
Regardless, the arctic air won’t last forever and soon we will all have spring weather on our minds. Before the weather warms up and spring arrives, don't forget about your winter pruning!
Small branches can be pruned at any time of the year. Large branches, however, can be pruned during dormancy in the winter before regrowth begins in the springtime. The general rule for pruning is to cut where the growth will occur, whether you are cutting next to a bud or another brand. If you cut beyond that point, you are putting the tree at risk for insects or infection.