Protecting your trees after heavy snowfall

Protect Your Trees

Go ahead and sing Let it Snow this holiday season—but only after checking out our tips on tree maintenance. We prepare our families for the snowy weather by bundling up in cold weather gear to ward off the elements. Our trees need the same attention.

Winter Tree Maintenance

While those snow clumps look lovely on tree branches, it’s important that you know how to recognize the signs of snow damage to your trees.

Here are a few winter time tips when it comes to tree maintenance:

Brace, cable, prune, or remove trees

If you haven’t already, check out those limbs and branches that are close to your house, car, or driveway. You might decide to cable, brace or prune them before winter stress causes breakage. If branches are dead, diseased or unsafe, it may be best to remove them.

Don’t shake limbs or try to remove snow.

If the snow has hit your region already, inspect your branches. When you see your trees are bending or drooping because of snow and ice accumulation, never shake the branches to try to get rid of the snow. As tempting as it is, wait and let the snow melt on its own. Otherwise, you might accidentally damage your trees’ circulatory systems or even snap a branch here or there.

Remove broken limbs

If you weren’t able to prune limbs earlier this season, and the weight of snow and ice has caused some to break, it’s important to remove those potentially hazardous weak limbs now. The last thing you want to do is endanger anyone or your property. Schedule to have those limbs removed by a professional as soon as possible.

Inspect your trees after snowstorms

Check out your older trees and upright evergreens especially immediately following a heavy snowstorm. While proper pruning should have prevented damage, again, still inspect all trees and be prepared to remove any dead or weakened branches before they cause a problem.