Winter & Summer Tree Care

The cold winter weather can cause damage to trees of different species, particularly stressing those not adept at winter climates, which is why they suffer the most harm. The good news is you can take steps to protect your tree from winter damage.

Ice harms trees in winter. Changing temperatures can take their toll on trees. The following guidelines can prevent irreversible damage.

What to do: When the temperature suddenly drops, palms and other tropical trees are particularly vulnerable. One of the ways to keep trees of this species safe from the cold is to wrap their barks to keep the temperature still despite the cold weather. It will also help if you consult a certified tree specialist to recommend other ways to keep your trees safe from the winter cold. 

Winter drought: Winter drought is another problem that trees face in the winter. To prevent your tree from suffering from this you should avoid pruning in the fall. Professionals do not recommend pruning in the fall due to the prevalence of disease-causing fungi during this time.

What to do: The winter dry spell may be very challenging to battle, but there are ways to help lessen its gravity. One of which is to put a thick layer of natural mulch at the base of the tree just before the winter sets in. Mulching helps keep the temperature stable throughout the winter. 

Branch breakage: Unfortunately, branches are more vulnerable to breaking during the winter. This is especially true for deciduous trees. High winds quickly damage their brittle and fragile branches. They can fall on your roof and cause you and your family harm. 

 What to do: Branch breakage can be prevented with pruning. Trimming the vulnerable tree can ensure the weak branches are eliminated, reducing the risk of them falling off during the winter. You can also wrap the entire tree with a tent-like structure for added protection. Finally, using sturdy ropes to tie affected branches can also help. 

Rodents: Rodents and other pests are rampant in winter as they are looking for refuge against the cold weather. 

What to do: It may help if you use mulch around the base of the tree. Check them once in a while to make sure they are in place. If you have other questions, you can consult with a professional tree service company in Montgomery to help you further. 

Winter Preparation Checklist:

  • Avoid planting trees that are not well-adjusted to the climate in your region.

 Prune your trees regularly to get rid of problematic branches and limbs.

 Have your trees evaluated by a certified tree specialist now and then to ensure they are in good condition.

 Put the right amount of mulch around the base of the tree to control dampness and the sudden drop in temperature once the winter sets in.

 Inspect your tree for pest infestations and use traps or fences to keep them away from your tree service.

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