What to Do About Ice Covered Trees?
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What to Do About Ice Covered Trees?

Winter storms can turn the landscape into a breathtaking icy wonderland, but beneath this beauty lies potential dangers for your trees. While we may admire the shiny branches and icicles, we must know the hazards of ice-covered trees. The last thing any property owner wants is a damaged tree after the cold season, prompting emergency stump removal. As a professional tree company, the Southern Star Stump recommends the following tips to protect your trees during the winter.

Check Trees Safely

After a winter storm, schedule a professional inspection or conduct a visual check for signs of deterioration. Ensure your safety by wearing appropriate clothing and footwear for icy conditions, and watch out for falling ice and branches, as they can be hazardous. When assessing your trees, we look for signs like broken branches, split trunks, or bending under the strain. Once we identify potential hazards and determine the severity of the damage, our experts can find effective solutions like trimming, tree removal, or stump grinding to prevent accidents and further damage.

Utility Awareness

Another crucial concern during winter storms is the potential for ice buildup on power lines. Ice-covered trees can bring down power lines, causing power outages and other dangerous situations. If you have trees in your yard, stay aware of any utility lines running near or through them. Once you notice ice-covered branches or limbs, contact your local utility company or a professional tree service to handle the situation safely. We leverage extensive knowledge and innovative equipment to prune, trim, or remove risky trees. 

Give Trees Time to Recover

Trees usually look damaged and stressed after harsh winter conditions, but allowing them time to recover naturally is essential. Avoid pruning or trimming frozen branches immediately, which can cause further damage. Once the ice has thawed, assess the damage carefully. Remove any broken or dead branches to encourage healthy growth. Pruning should be done to mitigate severe damage and emergency tree and stump removal. Certified arborists follow the proper techniques to avoid injuring the tree, ensuring maximum health. 

Be Mindful of Salt and Deicing Chemicals

Ice poses safety hazards, such as slips and falls. Many people use salt or deicing chemicals to melt it from sidewalks and driveways. These DIY solutions can improve people’s safety, but they harm trees. Salt and deicers damage tree roots and foliage when they contact them. The best way to protect your trees is to avoid salt and deicing chemicals and opt for safer methods on walkways near your trees, such as sand or kitty litter. In addition, rinsing off any salt residue from your trees’ branches and roots is essential.

While ice-covered trees may create a mesmerizing scene in winter, knowing the potential dangers and taking proactive steps to protect your trees is essential. Contact us at the Southern Star Stump and schedule a consultation with our experts. We provide various services to protect your yard from winter damage, including tree removal and stump grinding. This goes a long way to ensure the health and longevity of your trees, even in the cold months.