With dropping temperatures and shorter days nearly all of our urban trees have dropped their leaves and gone dormant. The dormant season is the best time to prune trees. For oaks and elms this is the only time to prune and avoid the potential spread of Oak Wilt and Dutch Elm disease. For all other species of trees, pruning during the winter and early spring minimizes damage to the tree.
Check out this pamphlet on how to prune your own trees. If your pruning plans call for anything higher than you can reach with two feet on the ground, get in contact with the Urban Tree Alliance and let our arborists help.