It’s not snowing yet, but according to the predicted forecast, we might be seeing some winter showers as early as the first full week of December. For homeowners who wish to protect their beloved landscaping trees during harsh wintertime weather, it is important to follow the fundamental guidelines for seasonal tree care.
There are various factors that can influence the health and status of a tree. Not only can harsh weather conditions jeopardize your tree’s well-being, so can insects, wild animals, soil compaction, and more. The most damaging winter elements that trees can suffer from include heavy snow, hail, ice, windstorms, and heavy rain. So does all this damage mean that your trees will most likely die? Continue reading to take a closer look into the potential winter damages trees can endure, as well as, the ones that are commonly lethal.
Preventative Tree Care
It is important to understand the implications and impacts a winter storm can have on your residential trees; this way, you can be better prepared to protect your trees from these kinds of damages. You will be able to apply proper preventative measures to further protect trees, and learn how to manage damaged or hurt ones on your property. Take a look at a few tree care tips and advice for winter tree protection and more, below:
❆ Prune dead or broken tree limbs at least four or five times per year.
❆ Keep trees healthy with regular watering, fertilizing, and soil compaction protection.
❆ Treat pest control problems immediately to reduce the chances of weakened tree bark.
❆ Planting trees near one another or in groups can prevent dangerous falls from harsh winter winds and storms.
❆ Avoid buying or planting trees with brittle bark and wood (i.e. Siberian elms, willow trees, silver maples, etc.).
❆ Remove any decaying trees or dying trees before the winter season.
❆ Continue regular tree maintenance until regular snowfall begins (i.e. Pruning, shaping, crown reduction, fertilizing, topping, etc.).
❆ Ask a professional tree care contractor for accurate advice and assistance.
Storm Damage to Trees
Diseased, decaying, or dead trees can easily be knocked down in a large snow storm, heavy winds, or seasonal changes. It is very important to remove a tree in this condition before it becomes a threat to the people and surroundings in your neighborhood. This is one reason why routine tree care and maintenance is so important. Regular tree care is highly effective, and can help prevent trees from falling ill or being susceptible to disease and infestations. As a homeowner, learn how to detect whether or not your tree is in good health. The first step in preventing accidents is removing the threats that can make them happen.