Many people assume that the only time of the year it’s necessary to pay attention to the trees on a property is during the warmer months, in spring and summer. However, that’s actually not the case. In order to maintain the health, appearance, and safety of your landscape, you should take care of them year-round. By paying more attention to your trees in the winter, you can make them look so much better by the time spring and summer come.
Thankfully, you can trust our licensed professionals here at Mr. Tree to provide service all year. Find out more about the benefits of all-year tree service by reading on below.
Fall Tree Service Benefits
Fall is a great time for mulching. It helps prepare and protect the trees during winter. First of all, it can help the trees retain the moisture they need during the winter. And it can also reduce the impact of the extreme cold of winter temperatures.
However, you should typically avoid pruning trees in the fall, unless there are obviously dead or damaged branches to remove. Fall pruning can actually damage the trees and make it more difficult for them to naturally enter dormancy. This is one reason why you should leave pruning to the experts.
Benefits of Winter Tree Pruning
There are certain types of trees that can be pruned at any time throughout the year. However, in many cases, it’s actually recommended that trees be pruned in the winter. This is especially true of fruit trees. This period, when there’s no active growth, is known as the dormant season. Think of it as the time of year when your trees are asleep.
Why is it better to prune during dormancy? Well, for one reason, trees have a natural instinct to protect themselves against the harsh conditions winter weather can bring, such as snow and ice. And because of this protective instinct, the trees will actually recuperate faster. When trees are pruned in the spring and summer, they can sometimes be overly pruned and wilt because of the loss of water. However, trees require less water in the winter, so this wouldn’t be an issue. And it can actually be easier and faster to prune trees during this season as well. This is because the trees are bare in the winter, so the structure is more visible.
By pruning ahead of time in the winter, you can trust that you’ll definitely see the benefits once the trees bloom in the spring and summer. Your trees will produce more flowers and fruits and will look much fuller and more beautiful. The fruits should taste better than ever as well.
If you’re unsure when or how often your trees should be pruned, you can ask a professional to look at them. They will be able to give you advice on the best schedule for pruning.
Winter pruning and tree service can also make your landscape safer. If your landscape has any dead, diseased, or weak trees and branches, they can potentially be very dangerous.
And, unfortunately, the harsh winter weather makes trees less stable, meaning there’s more of a risk of branches and trees falling. Winter storms, ice, and snow make the braches weaker and can weigh them down.
This is another reason why professional tree services like winter pruning are so important. All-year tree service will keep your trees healthy, so your risk of damage is reduced. Healthier trees are also known to last longer and have fewer issues in the future. Falling branches and trees can cause serious property damage, so you’ll want to try to avoid that at all costs.
Also, be sure to inspect your trees after major storms. If you see any damage, you can contact a professional tree service. Your trees could require pruning or other care.
All Year Tree Service and Inspections
Also make sure to thoroughly inspect your trees throughout the year. If there are any problems, such as disease or damage, you don’t want to wait until it might be too late to do anything about it. There are also different things to look out for during the different seasons. For instance, the spring and summer are the best times to inspect your trees for insects and pests because that’s when they’re active.
If there are any issues or anything you’re unsure about, you should have a professional arborist inspect your tree. They will let you know what the problem is and will also give you advice on the best way to take care of it. For instance, if you see any fungus patches or damaged bark or branches, you should definitely call a professional tree service to take a look.
A professional tree service will be able to tell you if damaged or diseased trees can be saved or if they should be removed. If you do need to have a tree removed from your property, it’s typically much less expensive to do so in winter or spring. In addition to the lower cost, there are a number of benefits. Winter or spring tree removal is actually better for the environment. The colder the ground is, the less of an impact the tree removal has on the surrounding earth.
Make sure that you turn to licensed, experienced, professional tree technicians for any year-round tree service needs. When you use a professional service, instead of just trying it yourself, you’ll avoid mistakes that could permanently damage the trees. As a general rule, tree trimming should only be done by a homeowner when branches are easily reachable and very small, about one inch or less. Otherwise, it’s too much of a risk. At Mr. Tree, we have decades of experience and expertise on all kinds of trees. You can read about our tree care services and also find out more information on our website.