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Winter is Coming

Winter approaches, and the time comes to attend to our gardens, and our yards, so that they may last through the months of gray skies, cold, and rain.

Not all trees need help; they’ve evolved over many years to be able to withstand the elements. But more ornamental trees, fruit trees, and other trees that we plant in our yards for their beauty may be less prepared for winter.

Pruning/Clearing

Pruning and clearing away dead or damaged branches helps prevent decay. It also sets the tree up for healthy and robust growth.

Prune overgrown limbs in the winter. This will help them recover quickly in the spring. Plus, they won’t become falling hazards when weighed down over time by possible snow and ice. It’s also a good idea to remove fallen leaves from beneath trees that are susceptible to fungal disease.

Avoid pruning in the fall, since that may make most trees more likely to accrue fungi. Late winter is usually the best time to prune trees; they’re dormant and will be ready to sprout new growth in the spring.

Pruning helps trees maintain a full look. If possible, prune during a warmer winter spell. Super cold weather plus pruning can harm delicate trees.

Winter is also the time for fruit tree trimming. Remember, though: Pruning and trimming requires an expert touch.

Young Saplings

Young trees may need additional help, such as reinforcing their limbs to bear the weight of snow and ice.

One big thing to remember if you’re interested in newly planted trees, such as those maple saplings: Plant it in the fall after it has lost its leaves.

Large temperature swings can place stress on trees and shrubs. If the winter weather is unpredictable and the temps go up and down drastically, keep an eye on your tree branches and trunks for signs of cracking or splitting.

To prep for this, consider wrapping the tree bark of younger trees to insulate them from the cold temperatures and extreme fluctuations between hot and cold.

Mulch

In the early winter, consider laying down a thick layer of mulch (preferably organic) at the base of your trees. This will hinder moisture loss and reduce runoff in areas where moisture is at a premium in winter months.

Things To Look For Pre-Winter

Check your trees for the following before winter begins:

  • Cracks in large branches
  • Cracks or hollows in tree trunks
  • Decay or evidence of disease (including mushrooms or fungi)
  • Extreme leaning
  • Branches that hang over buildings or power lines
  • Branches that hang over areas where vehicles are parked

As always, call the tree expert for all your winter pruning, trimming, tree removal, and stump grinding needs. We can help you protect trees, especially young or small trees, from days when the ground freezes, there’s no sun, and wind thrashes them back and forth.

 

Just let us know! We look forward to speaking with you.

Call us at 818-986-3426, 310-271-3271, 323-873-1181

For a free estimate or email us at Shermanoakstreeserv@yahoo.com

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