Winter can be an especially rough season on your trees. While some trees are more vulnerable than others, it’s important to take the right precautions to ensure their overall health and safety. This includes before, during, and after winter storm prevention. That’s why the certified arborist at Westcoast Tree Care would like to provide you with the following tips to help prepare your trees for the colder months ahead.
Winter Tree Care Protection
Tree Pruning – Prepare your trees ahead of a winter storm by having them professionally pruned by a certified arborist. By having deadwood, diseased branches and hazardous limbs removed, you will help minimize the risk of winter storm damage. Keep in mind that while it’s impossible to anticipate the disastrous effects of a December snowstorm, it’s still valuable to have your trees professionally pruned to ensure that whatever can be prevented, will be prevented.
Protect Newly Planted Trees – Many homeowners in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho like plant new trees during the fall. However, young and recently transplanted trees are especially susceptible to the harsh winter elements. This is because their roots haven’t had enough time to establish before winter. To help protect them, it’s important to add several inches of mulch around the base of a young tree to help insulate and protect them from the freezing temperatures.
Reduce Salt Damage – It’s no surprise that the best way to prevent salt damage is to avoid using salt. While you cannot control what is used on the roads, you can choose alternatives like sand, gravel or kitty litter on your sidewalks, driveways, and patios. Keep in mind that even salt-tolerant trees can’t stand up to salt damage unless they’re healthy. That’s why preventative tree care is important when it comes to watering deeply and applying mulch properly.
Prevent Winter Flooding – A winter flood can hurt the integrity of your trees while increasing the chances of an emergency tree care removal. Not only can winter floods erode the soil but expose the root systems of growing trees as well. If the root system of a tree becomes compromised, an emergency tree care removal may be necessary to prevent damage to your home and property. That’s why you should always hire a certified arborist to inspect your trees in flood-prone areas to prevent damage caused by winter floods.
Westcoast Tree Care
Last but not least, it’s important to take the time to walk your property to assess the overall health of your trees. At Westcoast Tree Care, our certified arborist is trained and certified to identify any problematic or potential problems ahead of a winter storm. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact us at 1.800.767.8733 today. We would be more than happy to provide you with a no-cost, no-obligation quote, and answer any questions you may have.