Winter is Here, Let’s Trim the Trees

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CULLMAN – With the cold months of winter upon us, it is time once again to prune and trim some trees and bushes. While some like to take control of their own landscaping and trimming, others may be hesitant to do this work on their own. Not to worry, in this article we will discuss when to trim if you are doing it yourself, and also highlight local businesses that can help if you feel it is too much for you.

There is a lot more that goes into pruning and trimming than one might think at first glance. First, you must decide which season to trim your plants in. While some plants are best to prune and trim in winter during the dormant months, others are better suited to a spring pruning. A lot also depends on what you want to accomplish with your trimming.

If you are choosing to prune and trim during the winter months, then you can expect fresh new growth to burst forth once spring arrives. If your goal is not to promote new growth, then doing this might not be the right call.

“Pruning during dormancy is the most common practice,” according to the Arbor Day Foundation’s website. “It results in a vigorous burst of new growth in the spring and should be used if that is the desired effect. It is usually best to wait until the coldest part of winter has passed. Some species, such as maple, walnuts and birches, may “bleed” – when the sap begins to flow. This is not harmful and will cease when the tree leafs out.”

If you feel that this is too big of a project to do yourself, or if you have a potentially dangerous situation that is better left to the pros, then try one of these local businesses. Michael’s Tree Trimming Service in Cullman is ready to handle any needs you might have.

“We provide tree removal, trimming, lot clearing, bush hogging and landscaping,” said owner Michael Keller. “We price on a case by case basis. All of our estimates are free, however, and the amount just depends on the difficulty of the job and how long it takes.”

Another business that is local to Hanceville and Cullman is Marshall’s Tree Service. The owner, Marshall McDonald, is happy to help his customers with any of their tree needs.

“I’ve been doing this for around 30 years,” said Marshall. “We provide stump grinding, tree removal when there are storms and stuff, trimming, and we are the only company that transplants trees as well.”

So if you have some pesky branches you are worried about this winter, or if you want fuller and healthier trees this spring, be sure to get your trimming done. Either of the companies listed will fulfill all of your needs, or if you prefer to do it yourself you can research pruning and trimming techniques at

To reach Michael’s Tree Service, you can call them at 256-507-3017. To reach Marshall’s Tree Service, you can call them at 256-734-8337.