Common Winter Time Tree Damages & Preventative Measures You Can Take

Winter trees along a dirt roadTrees can be the number one victim of cold weather. The reason for your tree’s deterioration is not just because of one thing but because of many things that accumulated through time. When your tree is under stress, it is more vulnerable to pests, diseases, and other factors that can affect its health. The cold weather, snow, and salt is scattered on the road can have an adverse effect on your tree and eventually cause its death. In some cases, these damages show right away, but sometimes it takes time. Good news is that you can do something to minimize or even prevent damage to your trees in the winter season.

People and animals are not the only ones who get affected by the cold winter season—even trees are put under stress, mainly if they are not accustomed to the temperature. As much as possible, plant a tree in their safe areas. Flower-producing trees are most vulnerable to winter cold, which is why it is best to plant them where there are barriers that can block the wind from directly hitting them. It could be a fence, building, or other trees. With the help of a barrier, the temperature will not fluctuate too quickly.

During the cold season, trees can have frost crack or shrinkage due to the frost. These cracks usually go deep, and because of the cold temperature, the outer layer of the tree will shrink more quickly. It leaves the tree susceptible to damage, especially in the trunk. Don’t try to self-diagnose your tree, instead call a certified arborist so you will know what to do with your tree.

Trees shed their leaves off in the winter, and this leaves the tree open to a lot of outside factors. In times of bright winter days, the sun shines as if it’s summer. The heat of the sun together with the cold temperature is a deadly combination for trees. It can lead to irreversible damages and sunscald. This is especially the case for younger trees that have thinner barks. Sunscald destroys the healthy cells in the bark that result in damage. The bark eventually gets cracks and falls away. You can prevent sunscald by wrapping the limbs come winter. You should not forget to remove the wrap when spring comes.

The cold season can be frustrating, especially if you have trees that are vulnerable to damage. Although we cannot do anything about ice and snow, the damage they can brig can be eliminated or minimized at the least. Snow damage happens when the limbs or the entire tree breaks. This is typically the car for evergreen trees. Evergreen trees tend to have an increased surface area that traps more snow. The branches become heavier, especially the tips of the limbs. A straightforward way to prevent this damage is to shake the snow off the limbs. You can also tie limbs together using a soft rope for added support. Don’t forget to remove the cord once the spring comes. Regardless of the damage, your tree incurred during winter, it is best to call a certified arborist to assess the overall health of your tree. Avoid making decisions without being adequately informed by a professional because you may be causing more harm than good to your tree. Pruning or trimming your tree without professional help can be very dangerous to the welfare of your tree, which is why it is best to contact a reputable tree company as soon as winter starts.

In conclusion, you can only do so much to protect your tree from getting damaged. Some winter damages cannot be avoided, but you can do something to minimize its effect. There are preventive measures that you can take to give your tree a fighting chance against the cold weather. If you need more help regarding the health of your tree, it is best to contact a professional tree service company to give you an extensive diagnosis if the overall health of your tree.

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7 Must-Have Tree Trimming Tips

Are you looking for tips on safe tree trimming? You came to the right place. Keep reading, and be informed.

 

Tree Trimming Safety

Perhaps you have done the simple trimming on your Christmas tree before. However, when it comes to eliminating broken or dead branches from a tree is a different story. Tree trimming is more than cutting branches—it requires a specific set of skills and the right equipment.

Performing tree trimming involves climbing the tree using hand-held tools such as chainsaws and trimmers. Tall trees require the use of an aerial lift to access branches that need to be trimmed. If you cut your tree without the proper knowledge and the right tools, you put yourself and your tree in danger. Tree trimming entails adequate training and experience, which is why professionals should do it.

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Keep these tips in mind before trimming your trees:

  1. Wear the right PPE.

Don’t go to war without your armor. Make sure to keep your hands protected by wearing safety gloves. Wear a nonconductive hard hat if you’re working near electric lines. You will be exposed to wood particles and dust when trimming, which is why wearing goggles is imperative. Chainsaws and trimmers can produce a loud noise, so make sure to wear earplugs. You may need to climb the tree so secure yourself with non-slip footgear.

 

  1. Every tree is different. Plan your action carefully.

A different tree requires a different trimming approach. You may need a ladder for one tree, while you can handle the other just by climbing. In some instances, you will need an aerial lift or a safety harness to reach the branches that need trimming. Make sure not to use dull equipment because it can be harmful to you and your tree.

Be aware of the weather for the day. Put off the job on another day if you’re expecting bad weather, especially if you need to climb the tree. Inspect the site for any hazardous circumstances such as power lines and broken branches. Clean and keep your tools in check to make sure they perform well.

 

  1. Protect the people around you.

Put signs around your work area to warn your coworkers and pedestrians. If your tree is near the road, you should wear high visibility clothing. Consider the road’s speed limit so you can decide which signs are necessary.

 

  1. Work with a partner.

We always recommend working with a partner when trimming trees. Have someone who will stay on the ground while you work on cutting branches. Have proper training on how to do CPR and first aid in case something worse happens.

 

  1. Use nonconductive tools when working near power lines.

If you will require the use of a ladder or pole trimmers, make sure they are made of nonconductive materials. If these tools touch anything with electricity, you can end up being electrocuted. Working near power lines requires more precautionary measures to ensure you don’t get injured. Sometimes, even a downed power line can cause serious injury, so make sure to be extra careful.

 

  1. Don’t work too close power lines.

Keep a safe distance from electric lines. Never turn off power lines if you are not trained or authorized to do it. It is best to contact the utility service if you need to work close to a power line. They should be the one to de-energize the line before you begin your work.

 

  1. Assess the tree for weak and broken branches or limbs before you climb.

Remove weak and broken limbs as you climb. Don’t step on dead or split branches because they can break and cause you to fall. Climb the tree one step at a time, using separate limbs as support. You may need to use an aerial lift to access tall trees, but don’t attempt to do it unless you are trained in operating this equipment.