In Olympia, Washington, winter can become a pretty soggy time of year, ensuring plenty of work for tree care services. Flooding can not only harm the bark on your trees, but waterlogged soil can also topple them altogether. Even more, winter winds can cause weak branches to fall, while freezing rain and heavy snow can cause a headache full of troubles. Fortunately, however, winter damage can often be mitigated with preventative tree care measures. That’s why Westcoast Tree Care would like to provide you with the following Olympia tree care tips to prevent winter property damage before the hardest storms hit.
Large, Heavy Trees
Large, heavy trees pose a dangerous risk to your family and property during the harsh winter months. Thick, dense branches falling from large heights can cause serious harm or even death. When heavy snow and ice cling to branches, a tree may not be able to support the additional weight. Only a certified arborist can evaluate the health and integrity of a tree and perform any necessary pruning to help lighten the load to allow more winter wind to pass harmlessly through its branches.
Dead Or Broken Branches
It’s important to have any dead or broken branches removed as soon as possible before they become falling hazards. Even more, dead or damaged areas of a tree can invite unwanted disease and insect infestations which can threaten the overall life of a tree. At Westcoast Tree Care, our certified arborist can spot and prune any diseased or dead sections of a tree before they become more problematic.
Windows & Power Lines
Branches that have been ignored and left to grow unchecked have the potential to brush against windows or fall on power lines at any time. This can create unwanted safety hazards that threaten your home and property. At Westcoast Tree Care, our certified arborist can prune back any unattended branches to ensure they don’t brush against your home or any nearby power lines.
Cankers & Cavities
Trees with visible cankers or other related wounds require special attention. Only a certified arborist can inspect the health and integrity of a tree and recommend the appropriate steps needed for trees with cankers, cracks, and other cavities.
Splits & Cracks
A certified arborist needs to inspect trees with splits and cracks between two large branches. Splits and cracks can be very dangerous because a split or crack can breakthrough, causing heavy limbs to fall to the ground. If you spot any major splits or cracks, it’s important to contact Westcoast Tree Care as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may be dealing with a hazardous mess when winter storms turn south.
Excessive winter flooding can strain the healthy root system of any tree. Sidewalks, construction work, and parking on your lawn can also affect tree roots. If you spot any sudden mounds or bulging in the soil, it’s important to contact the certified arborist at Westcoast Tree Care to ensure your tree’s root system hasn’t become compromised.
Olympia Tree Care
Most winter tree accidents can be prevented with proper maintenance and preventative tree care. Given the size and value of trees, it’s best to entrust their ongoing care to the certified arborist at Westcoast Tree Care. With our training, experience, and proper equipment, we can help you prevent any winter tree damage. For more Olympia tree care tips, contact us by filling out our online form or give us a call at 1.800.767.8733. We will take the time to answer any questions you may have and provide you with a no-cost, no-obligation quote for any of our tree care services.