Homeowners who have trees in their landscapes are all too familiar with that awful snapping sound that comes after a massive snowstorm. Snow covered trees could be troublesome as the wet, heavy snow could be too much for the branches. Elms, poplars, and cottonwoods tend to be hit the worst because of their brittle, softwood.
Damage with Snow Covered Trees
If small branches are damaged, you can anticipate the tree making a complete recovery with no intervention. If there is damage to large limbs, it’s viable to save the tree with the right tree care. The general rule is that if the tree is healthy, the tree will recover. Healthy means its chief leader remains intact, it still possesses a fair amount of its major branches, and the tree still has over 40% of its crown.
It’s critical to be cautious of power lines jumbled in downed limbs. If there are impaired trees between the street and the sidewalk, there’s a good possibility the city is responsible for the cleanup. Call city hall to get more information.
Getting Rid of Snow and Ice
It could be daunting to see your tree’s limbs curled over with the weight of ice and snow. Be sure not to shake the branches. Limbs are more bendable than they look. Attempting to knock snow off them could cause the limbs to break, injuring the tree’s circulatory system.
Instead, lightly push limbs up from below with an extension pole. Watch out for falling limbs. If ice covers the branches, wait until the ice melts on its own. If healthy limbs exist between the main stem and the crack, prune the branch back to the healthy branches.
Though trees might appear unbalanced with more limbs missing on one side, fight the urge to over-trim. Trees will fill in bald spots naturally.
Never, ever top your tree. Tree topping is chopping back all of a tree’s structural limbs. This technique deteriorates the tree over time and could make it structurally unsafe.
Prevention is the Best Protection
The best way to sustain your trees is to keep them healthy and cared for before the cold months arrive. Accurate pruning and tree care make a healthy, strong, and sturdy tree weather the snow and ice successfully. Dormant pruning could aid your tree in becoming more resistant and less vulnerable to harm.
Some trees are incredibly strong and come back swiftly from ice and snow damage with the right tree maintenance. Trees are costly to remove, and a cherish part of your outdoor space. It’s better to try and do all you can to save a snow-damaged tree.
Though, trimming big trees could be hazardous and inappropriate pruning could make dangerous trees. Using a chainsaw on a tree must only be done by an experienced and skilled tree professional.
Look out for false tree businesses that want to make a fast buck after a winter storm. Instead, search for an insured tree service company with certified arborists to provide your trees the maintenance they need to make a complete recovery.
Get in touch with us at Hudson Tree Service to have tree care professionals remove the snow and ice from your tree correctly.