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November 8, 2021

Winter Tree Care Checklist

The cold has officially arrived and our trees are feeling it, too. What practices can we do to make sure our trees and properties emerge just as beautiful in the spring?

 

  • Pruning: Our trees fall dormant during this season, making it an ideal time for you to have them pruned. Pruning helps establish strong structure by removing dead or diseased branches, which could ultimately become dangerous when weighed down with heavy snow and ice.
  • Mulching & Covering:  It may sound like quite the task, but here’s how to protect your trees from freezing in the winter: 
    • Mulching before the ground entirely freezes over can help your tree retain moisture and therefore warmth.
    • Using burlap or tarps to cover susceptible roots and trunks can help trap in accumulated warmth in the ground.
  • Removals: Although this can be an important job to do year-round, harsh winds and heavy snowfalls make it extra crucial. It is important to consult with experts whether the tree needs to be removed or if it can be simply be pruned of dangerous branches.What’s the winter advantage? Here’s why we recommend using winter’s cold to your advantage regarding tree care:
  • The frozen ground minimizes damage to yards and properties
  • Bare trees allow us to easily see the entire structure, resulting in being able to identify dangerous, dead or diseased limbs more quickly and efficiently
  • Trees are dormant and therefore not as affected from pruning and/or maintenance
  • Winter tree care minimizes problems that can happen in the warmer months, such as destructive insects and fungal infections (this allows us to take preventative measures, but also allows the tree to heal before coming out of dormancy)

Leave it to the experts. Don’t fret: winter tree care is what we’re here for! Our team of expert arborists are here to make sure your trees are in tip top condition throughout the entire season. Get a free quote today by filling out the form below.

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