Of all the seasons, winter is probably the time of year when weather can do the most damage to your trees. Winter can wreak havoc on trees, especially if they are not well cared for. Strong winds can snap branches and even uproot trunks.
Another problem you may face is the build-up of snow and ice on branches that can cause the branches to break under the weight. There are steps you can take to prevent winter tree damage and there are ways to maintain your trees to avoid further damage as the season progresses.
Steps You Can Take Before the Winter Season
Before winter arrives, you should have your branches trimmed and inspected. The inspections should be carried out by a professional who will look for cracks, splits, disease, deadwood and a compromised root system.
You should have any branches that hang over your roof or driveway trimmed. Your trees can have their branches thinned, lowering the resistance so that the winter winds will blow through. Be aware the crown of the tree should not be thinned by more that 25 percent.
Prior to winter storms, any deadwood should be removed since these limbs will break and could become a hazard. If a sapling is unhealthy, it should be treated by a tree removal service.
Protecting Your Trees During the Winter
During the winter months, keep up with your regular maintenance and be diligent about having loose or damaged limbs removed promptly. If your tree has multiple trunks or your removal specialists find other problems, they may suggest a cabling system to support the trunk. This system is installed using the right tension and the appropriate location to protect the tree. After a storm, survey the area and remove any loose limbs and debris.
By making the effort to have your trees inspected and trimmed before the winter season, you can save yourself a lot of problems and expense. Hire a professional tree company to evaluate your property before winter season hits. Ask for recommendations from friends, family or your landscaper so that you can select a reputable service with a good track record. Make sure that they are insured and experienced.
Winter storms can be difficult enough to deal with without worrying about damage caused broken bones and fallen trees. If you provide your saplings with the best care possible, they will be healthy and ready for spring.