The unpredictable Carolina weather is upon us. Fluctuating temperatures can affect your trees in ways you may not have considered before, especially the isolated ones often planted in residential areas. Though you have no control over the climate, there are things you can do to prep and care for your trees during the winter to ensure they survive and thrive through the harsh weather.
Prune your trees in the autumn. When the ice hits, branches can break and fall on your cars or home, and by then, it’s too late to undo the damage. Fall is a great time to prune your trees and prevent this from happening. If branches are dead, they should be removed. Otherwise, you can brace, cable, or prune those that sit directly over your property so they don’t break and fall.
If you’re not sure how to cable, brace, and prune your trees, hire a tree pruning Charlotte NC company to do it for you.
Don’t stop there … prune in the winter too! It’s much easier for an arborist to prune trees that are void of leaves, which maximizes their efficiency and safety, thereby minimizing your costs. Winter tree pruning also halts the spread of diseases that tend to take hold during the upcoming warmer seasons.
Don’t forget to mulch. Mulch retains moisture and increases soil temperatures in the cold season, which is good for nutrient retention and absorption. In short, adding extra mulch to the base of your trees helps to ensure they are adequately fed during the cold season and will continue to thrive.
Remove trees that pose a risk. If you have dead or dying trees, pruning may not be enough to minimize the risk of damage to your property. In that case, it’s best to hire a Charlotte tree removal company to take care of them for you. Doing so before the ice hits is essential, since a major winter storm can result in fallen limbs and trees that could pose a risk to your valuable vehicles or even your home.
Inspect your trees before and after storms. Do not shake icy branches! This can result in breakage and further damage to your trees and end up costing your more money in the long run. As long as you prune before the winter hits, you should be okay since tree pruning removes vulnerable limbs. If the ice causes breakage, you can prune those branches that are broken. But keep in mind that once the cold wears off and the ice melts, your drooping trees will soon bounce back to their original, lively form. Patience is essential here.
Keep an emergency tree service on speed dial. We provide 24/7 emergency service in case of harsh winter weather. But why wait until it’s too late? Contact us today, and we’ll help you prep your trees for the cold with our tree pruning and removal services. Call our office at (704) 207-0842 for a FREE estimate on Charlotte tree services!