A severe winter storm can cause power outages and impassable roads, keeping you stuck inside until conditions improve, but think of the havoc it wreaks on the world outside. Trees can be more vulnerable to storm damage than meets the eye; for example, the weight of ice and snow on upper branches may weaken the tree, even if it doesn’t cause it to fall. How do you know if your trees suffered damage from a winter storm? Here are a few telltale signs that you may need a tree pruning service sooner rather than later.
Ontario’s winters aren’t just brutal for its residents. Plants, shrubs and trees struggle too. The salt, snow and wind along with extreme temperatures can damage bark, kill or injure branches and destroy roots and flower buds. The cold can also cause food shortages, which bring deer, rodents and other animals to your yard feeding on foliage, twigs and bark. Here are a few tips from a professional tree service to help you protect your trees from winter damage.
Insects such as Emerald ash borer are known to cause irreparable damage wherever they go. The Emerald ash borer has caused damages worth billions of dollars in agro-economic and ecological value in North America alone. Agrilus Planipennis Fairmaire; EAB continues to spread to new regions in the U.S and Canada.
Emerald ash borers remain a nationwide threat to forests and home landscapes since they were first spotted in North America in 2002. The ash tree is the Emerald Ash borer’s most common target. Ash trees are considered one of the best-planted shade trees and needed for ecological balance. EAB has affected millions of ash trees in over 30 states and provinces.
The tree removal method is a complex process that requires the discerning eyes and careful hands of trained experts and not your handy neighbour. A full tree removal is a two-part process. When the tree is hacked down by a professional tree removal service, what is left of the tree is the stump that held the tree before its demise. The next stage is the stump removal or stump grinding stage. If the stump is left to fester, it will continue to expand and grow, creating tripping hazards for your loved ones, friends and neighbours. They can also become home to damaging pests like termites, and ants.
There is a common misconception that pruning during winter is a bad idea or tree care companies rarely take on maintenance jobs during winter. This is quite far from the truth and we dare say that winter is a great time for pruning. Yes, you can quote us anywhere.
When you drive around your neighbourhood in the winter things look very different from the spring and summer. The ground is covered in snow, the ponds are iced over, many animals are hibernating, and the trees are bare. It is hard to imagine that in a few months everything will be teeming with life again and when you see those bare, leafless trees you can easily mistake them for dead, lifeless trees. But most bare trees are not dead, they are dormant.
Trees are like icebergs; much of what happens, happens below the surface. When you look at the trees on your property you see the leaves, buds, branches, fruit and flowers but you do not see the roots. You can’t see what is going on below the ground, but the root ball of a large healthy tree can be up to ten times the size of the parts of the tree that are visible above the ground. Just because the roots are under the ground does not mean that they can’t be damaged in the winter. Root damage from the cold can vary from mild to severe, and in extreme cases, the only solution will be complete tree removal.
Being caught in a storm can be a terrifying experience but there is not much that one can do to avoid them, and most people simply hunker down in their homes and wait for the worst of the weather to pass. Trees, however, have no option but to stand tall and weather the storm. But there are a few steps that you can take to protect your trees and help them survive an ice storm.
Gardeners pack away their gardening tools in the winter and landscape companies often turn to snow clearing at this time of year, but stump and tree removal services don’t shut up shop during the cold months. Trees and shrubs may be dormant in the cold weather, but tree service businesses are not. Winter is the perfect time for pruning and shaping trees and tree service companies are often called in to remove dead trees and old stumps.