Tree Care in Winter


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.

Drought killed over 66 Million Trees in California drought since 2010

Over 66 Million trees were killed in the California’s Sierra Nevada forest since 2010 have died in a six-county region of central and southern Sierra reported by the U.S. Forest Service.  This California drought is one of the worst we’ve seen yet.
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To curb off dangerous potential for wild fires the Forest Service says it has cut down 77,000 trees that pose the greatest risk to people, communities and campgrounds.

Water restrictions for the home owner in California has been a challenge.  It’s hard to keep their personal landscapes alive and well, when these things happen.  Many owners are using more localized watering solutions such as the Waterhoop ® tree sprinkler or a soaker hose for their trees, flowers, garden and shrubs.

4 Cash Saving Tips for Lawn & Garden Care.

It’s that time of year again; time for your beautiful green grass surrounded by newly planted trees will be the envy of all your neighbors.

The National Gardening Association estimates that the U.S. households spent over 28 billion dollars on their lawn and gardens in 2013.  Here are some major cash saving tips for keeping your lawn and garden in check.

1. Over seed your grass – Let’s say your lawn was planted several decades ago, it’s possible that your species is more prone to disease and requires more care and feeding than newer, more drought friendly species of grass.  Of course you don’t have to start all over, you simply have to over seed your lawn.

The best time to seed is in the fall to for a better yield in the spring.  You can waste money on your lawn and garden care by seeding at the incorrect times.  If you seed in the spring, it only has a very limited time to take root and mature…the summer heat is a killer.

2. Aerate your lawn- Aerate each fall.  Aeration is simply poking holes in your lawn to loosen the soil.  Aerating helps remove the lawn dark color build up between the soil and the base of the grass;and your yard will breath and retain moisture easier.  You can rent your own aerate machine or hire a company to do it for you.  It’s a great investment for a healthy lawn.

3.  Water your grass at the right time – Many people make the mistake in lawn and garden care to water at the wrong time of the day.  If you water during the day, the hot and dry weather quickly evaporates.  If you water at night, that can cause disease or fungus because of the wet conditions.  The best time to water your lawn and garden is between 4 a.m and 8 a.m.

4. Leave your grass taller – Don’t mow the grass low.  Keep your grass cut high. This saves you money because of less watering and allows the grass to have a longer root system.

Happy Lawn and Garden Care season!



Tree Care for Cold Weather Months.

Mulch is important for winter tree care months.  Use mulch under your trees in the fall or early winter to help retain water.  Mulch is a wonderful thing to use during the winter months. 

Give your trees a drink, they are thirsty.  Winter water droughts require watering just like the summer.  If temperature and weather permits, an occasional watering during the winter on a young tree can help protect and protect that tree for proper survival.  Don’t water trees if the tree and soil are frozen.. but if it is a cool temp then water away! 

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.


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: