Winter Tree Care


Winter certainly entered in quickly this year. School has been cancelled for the past two days, and I am currently looking out my window into a snow-covered wonderland. However, the beautiful winter weather can lead to some concern over the safety of one’s trees – I recall a few ice storms that caused whole branches to break under the weight of the ice. The following article discusses the four main ways in which winter weather can damage trees:

Recuperating from the Harsh Effects of Winter

Once the snow and ice have finally melted, the harsh effects of Old Man Winter has had on our trees is clearly visible as s the fact that your trees are in need of some TLC. While most plants do have natural healing systems that will help them overcome the stress caused by winter, an extremely harsh winter may warrant professional care.  …

In some cases, proper winter tree care techniques can help protect a tree from extensive winter damage. You can never have too many tips on the subject:

Winter Tree Care Tips

The frigid temperatures, strong icy winds and accumulating snow all make it an especially tough season for your trees.  Although trees are dormant during the winter months and seem to be in a state of hibernation, exposure to the harsh winter elements can cause major stress on trees and shrubs. …

An ice-coatd tree branch

Unfortunately, properly winterizing and caring for your trees does not guarantee that they will be protected from damage. Therefore it is important to understand how to care for your trees after they have been damaged. In order to do this, it is first necessary to understand what kind of damage your tree has sustained, and whether or not it is fatal. This article published through Montana State University should help you:

After the Storm: Caring for Your Trees

Windstorms and ice/snow-storms strong enough to tear limbs off trees can be a
problem across Montana. Cottonwoods, poplars, willows, green ash and Chinese or Siberian elms are particularly susceptible to this problem because they have soft and brittle wood. With high enough wind speeds or heavy snow loads, no tree species are risk free. …

Once you have ascertained the kind of damage done, you can now begin the process of helping the tree to recover. Many articles are available on this subject if you do a basic search, so I will only include one:

Care and Pruning of Damaged Trees

Trees can be damaged by high winds, snow, ice and/or other severe weather. Some damage will require immediate attention while others may be dealt with at a later time. …

As always, tree care can be dangerous. If the care required is going to be extensive, and possibly dangerous, do not hesitate to contact your local tree service to assist you. Now get out there and enjoy the snow!

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