In the warmer months, it’s easy to track rainfall and use that information to water your trees accordingly. In the winter, though, many people aren’t sure how to provide adequate tree care. To help combat these issues, Nelson Tree in North Huntingdon, PA, shares three tips that all homeowners can utilize this winter.
Try These 3 Winter Tree Care Tips
1. Do Some Pruning
When a tree is in full foliage in the spring, it’s difficult to see the entire specimen at once to decide what to prune. It can also be tricky to access different branches and to move heavy machinery around the base if the ground is soft. Prune during the winter so that you can easily see and reach branches that need cutting.
2. Brace Your Trees
Whether due to damage or stress, some trees start to lean and require straightening. Homeowners may choose to create a brace that holds it up so that it can straighten as it grows. This improves the aesthetic and safety, as it’s less likely to fall over with extra structural support. Winter is a great time to brace trees because you can easily see the structure and branches without its leaves. Make sure you use padding between the brace and the bark to avoid harming the tree.
3. Mitigate Winter Damage
Unfortunately, winter comes with some risks for plant life. You can help take care of your yard by removing ice buildup from tree branches. This reduces the stress of the extra weight and improves safety for your family by removing the potential for falling ice. You can also decrease the likelihood of fatal winter drought by surrounding your trees with organic mulch in the fall.
Winter tree care is easy when you know what to do. Keep an eye out for ice buildup and remove it, add braces wherever necessary, and consider breaking out the pruning shears for branch cutting. To speak with professional arborists, call Nelson Tree at (724) 863-7682. Visit the website for more information about their 24/7 emergency response services, as well as their trimming and storm damage cleanup.