Winter Is Coming—4 Tree Maintenance Tasks Perfect For Colder Months

Posted on: 17 August 2017

As winter arrives and you have a lot to do to prepare, you may not automatically think about your trees. But winter is not only an excellent time for tree care; it's also a necessary time to do some maintenance tasks. To help you prep your trees for the cold weather, here are 4 maintenance suggestions.

Prune While Leaves are Gone. Why is winter the best time for tree pruning? Simply put, you and your tree maintenance service can see the actual structure of the tree better when the leaves have dropped. This gives easy access to inspect for things like infections, infestations, rot, and unwanted sucker shoots. It's also better to make cuts when trees are dormant. 

Add Mulch. If you live in a particularly cold climate, you can help keep your tree's roots protected from freezing and snow by covering them with a layer of mulch just after the first freeze. Don't overdo the mulch, though, as this could cause rot or invite pests to nest in this warm area by the tree. About two inches of fresh mulch placed not too near the tree base should be sufficient.

Inspect for Potential Damage. Prevent storm and ice damage when winter comes in force by preparing now. As you inspect your trees for pruning purposes, keep a particular eye out for weak or damaged branches. Branches that form too tight of a "V" shape can be ripe for breaking under the weight of a snowfall. In addition, look for branches that hang over the roofs of your home or outbuildings or that hang too near to power lines. If pruning your mature trees calls for climbing onto ladders or roofs, you may want to work with a professional tree pruning service for safety's sake. 

Check Braces. If any of your young trees are being supported by braces or cables, be sure to inspect them at least once per year. Winter is a good time to make sure the supports are solid and in good condition before any storms arrive. If the tree's growth has reached the limits of the cables holding it in place, take the time to replace them with a new support system. If you're unsure about a tree's strength during storms, you may want to brace it as a precaution. 

Giving attention to your trees' health and safety during the colder months of fall and winter will help ensure that they will come back beautiful and thriving when spring arrives. For more information and tips, contact a local tree pruning service.