An Icy Situation: Caring for Trees in the Winter
- Written by Grayson Wise
The wintertime is near, and that means ice and snow become much more of a possibility! It can be a beautiful sight to wake up to a wonderful winter wonderland, but your trees and shrubs don’t feel the same way! The weight of snow and ice can cause severe damage to the branches of your tree, preventing it from flourishing in the future. This is especially true for young trees. So, how can you ensure the safety of your tree?
First of all, if you some notice the branches of your tree being weighed down by the snow and ice, gently brush off what you can! I would advise using a broom or something with a soft edge to ensure the least damage as possible. By doing this simple action, you can tremendously help your tree. However, if the ice is completely frozen on the branch, do not try to remove the ice as it could make matters worse. It could result in a broken branch, which is what we were trying to prevent in the first place!
That being said, if you do notice some broken branches on your tree, remove them! This can help with the stability of your tree altogether, but be very careful when pruning these off. Remember that proper pruning is an art of its own, and the cuts should be made just outside the branch collar. If you don’t feel quite too comfortable doing this on your own, we offer this service so you don’t have to deal with the stress of it. You can click here to learn more.
Lastly, something that can greatly reduce the winter stress on your tree is providing support! A leaning tree is bad news, so prop it up with a plank, stake, or any other sturdy object to reduce the tilt. Do not attempt to bend the tree to its original shape, let it slowly correct itself with the supporting object against it.
Follow these simple steps, and your trees are sure to survive the winter! If you have concerns or want some professional help, don’t hesitate to call Brad’s Tree Care for all your needs!