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 do not die in the winter, they get much-needed rest
It may look like all the trees on your property have died in the winter, but they are not dead, they are merely preparing for a new season of growth. In the spring and summer trees work hard, they produce leaves, buds, and fruit, and they turn carbon dioxide into oxygen. But in the winter, they rest, and this time of dormancy gives the trees in your garden a chance to replenish their energy and prepare for spring when they will bloom again. Winter dormancy is also the best time for tree pruning to assure that your trees look good in the spring.
Are your trees dead or merely dormant?
It might not be easy to tell at first glance if all the trees in your garden are still alive in the dead of winter and with the prevalence of emerald ash borer, many gardeners fear for the health of their trees. However, there are a few easy tricks that you can use to determine if your trees are still in good health or if they are dying. To check your trees for signs of life, you need to get up close and personal and see if the bark and branches still look healthy.
Healthy trees will easily survive the harsh winter months and will store their energy to bloom again in the spring. If you suspect that your trees are suffering in the winter, you need to consult an arborist to see which trees can be saved and which ones need to be removed. Contact Martin’s Tree Service for any advice on dormancy, emerald ash borer, and tree pruning.