Caring for Your Trees After Winter Storms
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Caring for Your Trees After Winter Storms

Trees hibernate during winter, but that doesn’t mean they are safe from storm damage. Winter storms can snap heavy branches or topple entire trees, causing devastating damage. Providing routine care and maintenance is the best way to avoid such scenarios and unplanned stump removal. The last thing any homeowner wants is a gigantic tree collapsing on the roof, car, or neighboring property. Southern Star Stump can help you address the problems caused by wind, snow, ice, and freezing temperature before it takes a toll on your trees. Here are ways to keep your trees healthy after winter storms.

Check for Warning Signs

If you want to ensure your trees are healthy throughout the year is to check for telltale signs of deterioration regularly. Many stump removal calls could have been avoided if the problem had been detected early. If you suspect a problem with your trees, hire an arborist to inspect and address minor signs of damage before wreaking havoc. We check the entire tree from the roots, trunk, branches, and foliage, giving you peace of mind year-long.

Prune Trees

Pruning is a vital maintenance exercise that improves the tree’s health by eliminating damaged, diseased, or overgrown limbs. This also minimizes the risk of severe property damage and injuries following winter storms. Our tree care company uses innovative equipment and proven strategies to prune different trees without compromising their overall well-being. DIYers should avoid pruning projects, especially if they lack the tools and skills required to complete the job.

Bring Potted Trees Indoors

Trees growing in pots are more vulnerable to winter weather and easily succumb to harsh conditions. The most effective way to protect potted trees is to bring them inside and put them near windows that receive maximum natural light. You should also adjust the indoor temperature to ensure your trees don’t freeze.

Wrap Tree Trunks

Winter storms cause the most damage to young, new, and sick trees. Since these trees are more vulnerable, we recommend wrapping the trunks to insulate them from freezing temperatures. It also prevents deer and rodents from rubbing or chewing against the bark, usually in winter. Wrap your trees after the first hard freeze from the base and work your way up. Once temperatures rise in the spring, unwrap the tree to prevent moisture buildup and subsequent mold growth.

Add Mulch

A little TLC goes a long way in preparing your trees for the winter. Apply mulch around your trees to warm the roots and provide vital nutrients throughout the cold season. If you have a dying or dead tree on your premises, we can provide stump grinding services so that you can use the wood chips as mulch. Ensure the layer of mulch is between three and four inches thick to avoid suffocating the roots.

Although keeping your trees healthy after a winter storm is not limited to these tips, they can help you avoid costly damages and repairs. Contact us at Southern Star Stump and enjoy quality stump grinding and removal services at friendly rates.