Tree Care in Winter

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Winter Tree Care Best Practices

Should I Prune my Trees?YES!  Long-term management of pruning can ensure your trees continue to provide the aesthetic value and function they intended. Proper, conscientious pruning can enhance the beauty and function of your trees, while reducing the potential for loss of limbs or other failures during winter storms.

Why prune in winter?

When the leaves have dropped in the fall, it is easier for your arborist to see the structure of your trees. When summer annuals have been removed, there is less risk of disrupting your landscape when working on large trees. In regions where the soil freezes, equipment can often gain closer access, which can enhance our safety and reduce your costs. Winter Pruning can also avoid enhancing some serious disease that are active and spread easily during the growing seasons of spring and summer.

Should I mulch in winter?

Yes, you can. Mulching is an important enhancement for your trees. Mulch retains soil moisture, reduces summer soil temperatures, increases winter soil temperature and moisture restores and improves soil nutrient levels and structure.

Which other tree care activities can I do in winter?

Winter is a good time to consult a professionally trained arborist to inspect your trees. Winter foliage loss provides a clearer view for spotting some problems, such as weak branch attachments or insect damage, but an arborist can help you determine the best solutions for your trees. Consider the following:

  • Winter is a suitable time for putting cables on  your trees, if necessary.
  • If your trees have cables and braces in them.
  • Inspect your trees and shrubs for ice damage in winter.
  • Buy a Waterhoop water sprinkler for tree irrigation.

Why Hire a Certified Arborist?

Why Hire a Certified Arborist?

It’s important to use caution when working with trees.

As reported by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) web site:  An arborist, by definition, is an individual trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly.

Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.

WHAT IS A CERTIFIED ARBORIST?

Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading experts on tree care. Certified Arborists must also continue their education to maintain their certification and adhere to a Code of Ethics. Therefore, they are more likely to be up to date on the latest techniques in arboriculture.

You can find the rest of the article on the ISA website link here:  http://www.isa-arbor.com/publicOutreach/whyHireCertifiedArborist/index.aspx