They say failing to plan is planning to fail. Winter is an inevitable time of the year, and as such, it must be planned for beforehand to ensure that no damages are incurred that would otherwise be avoidable. Winter is a pleasant time of the year that does not have to necessarily come with the loss of property and life caused by the falling off of frozen tree branches. It is therefore prudent to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to taking care of our trees to ensure that come winter; they do not damage our homes.
How does Winter Cause Tree Branches to Fall Off?
Winter is usually preceded by warm days causing dramatic temperature changes all over suddenly. These temperature variations exert a lot of pressure on the trees due to contractions. This causes them to fall off. Another factor is also the weight of the snow and the ice. Some tree branches are weak hence cannot withstand the pressure, and consequently, they fall off. This is why it is paramount that we take preventive measures before the winter season.
How Pruning Serves as a Preventive Measure
Pruning trees are one of the most efficient ways to ensure that you do not suffer the dire consequences of winter. This is because, during the pruning process, you get rid of all the dead and broken branches that are usually prone to fall off. Additionally, it aids in thinning out the tree canopy. In this manner, not much snow and ice can rest on the tree, airflow is also increased, and therefore its chances of breaking are significantly reduced. While pruning, you can also take note of the weak limbs and install steel cables in-between them. This also goes a long way in preserving your trees and of course your home.
It is important to note that soft wooded and extra leafy trees are the most susceptible to breaking off during winter. They include trees like:
When do you Start Pruning?
It is advisable to start pruning your trees as early as possible when they are still young so that they grow up on a healthy regime. Such trees grow up to have strong structures and are less likely to experience breakage. On top of that, put in the effort to prune your trees regularly and in an appropriate manner. Purpose of scheduling your pruning after the leaves have fallen off; it is an ideal time. If you lack the expertise on how to prune, seek assistance from a professional arborist who is ISA Certified. Proper pruning not only prevents breakage of your trees but also serves to improve the aesthetics around your home.
Points to Note about Pruning
- Do NOT prune during fall- this only stimulates more and faster growth of the tree.
- Do NOT prune when it is wet- this is because a lot of bacteria and microbes are active at this particular time. Do it during sunny weather.
- Know how and what to hack
- Ensure you keep your pruning tools clean.