A dormant pruning program is essential to any landscape maintenance plan. It lays the groundwork for the entire growing season, at a time of the year when virtually no pathogens are in the environment to cause infection to the plants. Dormant pruning involves pruning deciduous shrubs and ornamental trees in the winter when the plants are in their dormant stage. Pruning methods are properly selected for individual specimens. Matthies Landscape considers such factors such as the plant's age, health, environment, and function in the landscape design. Dormant pruning involves removing dead, diseased and damaged tissue as well as crossing or crowded branches to produce a structurally sound plant. We highly recommend dormant pruning the most important, overlooked step towards a beautiful and healthy landscape.