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What Causes Tree Damage During The Winter Months?

Posted on January 8th, 2021

What Causes Tree Damage During The Winter Months?


The winter months are some of the most dangerous months for the trees around your home or business. Whether through trunk wounds, or from broken limbs and drying, these damages can occur quickly, leaving you in a dangerous situation without realizing it. If your tree begins to dry out and weaken, and then a heavy snowstorm hits, you could find yourself with a limb on your roof or a tree crushing your garage without realizing anything at all was wrong with your tree in the first place.

It’s important to keep on top of the health of your trees during the winter months, and to ensure your trees remain trimmed and healthy throughout these sometimes brutal months. Having your trees inspected by a professional, having any problems addressed quickly, and keeping a keen eye on your trees is recommended to avoid injury or damage throughout the season.

 

The Most Common Winter Tree Damages

While just about any sort of tree damage is possible in the winter, some types are more common during this time of year than others. Some of the most common types of winter tree damage often seen in winter are:

 

  • Heaving soil – When the ground freezes, thaws, and freezes again the soil will begin to move exposing the roots of any trees on your property. The soil that covers the roots acts as natural insulation and warmth for your tree, so when it’s moved to expose the roots your tree can be left at risk. Mulching around the roots of your tree can help to keep insulation going, but mulch may move as well as the soil expands and contracts. Extensive root damage can lead to the death of a tree rather quickly.

 

  • Limb breakage – Limb breakage is one of the single most common tree damages often seen during the winter months, and this is largely due to accumulation of snow and ice. While a single snowflake or a brief coating might be light and short lived, overnight freezing or heavy wet snow is far more abusive to your trees. Limbs that are cracking, dry, weakened, or otherwise compromised cannot carry the weight of the ice or snow, often causing them to come crashing to the ground as they break. Having your limbs assessed before the winter months, and trimming any that may be weak, is recommended to keep your trees safe.

 

  • Winter burn – Winter burn refers to what happens when a tree is unable to retain moisture in the winter dry air. When this occurs, trees will try to pull moisture from its own cells to save itself, causing the tree to dry itself out. Adequate watering in the fall can help to give trees the moisture they need to safely make it through the winter.

 

Keeping Your Trees Beautiful And Safe

 

For the most beautiful and safe trees, professional care is needed all throughout the year. To learn more about how you can properly care for your landscape, contact our professionals at Tree Removal Service today.


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