The Benefits Of Winter Tree Pruning include protecting your trees and your property.
We often think of winter as a time when trees cannot be pruned. Consequently, when the snows come, the heavy accumulation adds weight on branches. This can lead to damage to the tree and to any adjacent structures. Over the years, our crews have seen a lot of preventable winter damage to homes, garages, fences and to the trees themselves. While pruning is not a guarantee against damage during the heaviest of snow and ice storms, a well-pruned tree will hold less wintry precipitation. This reduces the weight of snow and ice accumulation on the branches. A well-pruned tree will add to the beauty of the property.
It has been a relatively warm season this far. Now that most of the leaves have fallen, it is a good time to get your trees pruned. The ground too is not frozen and tree stumps can be readily ground out. Take a look at the trees in your yard. Look for branches next to the house or other structures as well as those overhanging fences, electrical boxes or overhead wires and cables. If your trees haven’t been pruned in a couple of years, you may want to have them pruned by a certified arborist and tree care specialist now.
Charter Oaks is open year round for tree service. Here are just some of the reasons why, contrary to popular belief, winter is a great time to work on trees.
- The trees are dormant in the winter, which will allow healing at the new season.
- There is less of a chance of disease during the winter season.
- Many insects are not active in the winter to feast on the new wounds from pruning.
- Without leaves on the trees, it is easier to observe the structure and potential hazards.
- When the ground is frozen there is less impact on surrounding landscape.
- During the winter we are able to offer substantial discounts.
How can we tell the status of the branches when there aren’t any leaves present? There are signs our climbers and professional pruners look for when trying to distinguish dead from live branches. Loss of bark, discoloration, presence of certain types of fungi, and lack of buds are all indications that a branch is dead and should be pruned.
Let’s face it. Most of us are hoping that the snows and ice storms will miss central Ohio this year. We also all know that winter is delayed, not cancelled! As you gather with your families to celebrate the holidays, do so with the assurance that your trees are well and your property is safe from tree damage.