How to Protect Your Home’s Trees from Winter Weather

Snow and ice, coupled with heavy winds, can lead to broken and damaged trees. Evergreens and “clump trees” (such as maple and birch trees) are particularly vulnerable. To keep your landscape in great shape this winter, keep these tips in mind:

Start with Winter Pruning

It’s best to remove weak and damaged branches before a winter snowstorm tears them down — potentially leading to property damage. Fortunately, a knowledgeable tree surgeon in Montgomery County can safely remove any vulnerable branches from your trees.

Brush Off Falling Snow

Yes, we know that staying inside with a cup of warm cocoa is tempting when snow is falling. If you bundle up and brush off snow from tree branches while a storm is still occurring, however, your trees will have to hold up significantly less weight during the following days.

Construct a Barrier for Evergreens

One way to reduce injury to evergreens is to construct a barrier using burlap. We recommend covering the south, southwest, and windward side of these trees. You may also choose to completely surround the evergreen, but you must leave the top open so that air and light can enter.

Consider Cabling and Bracing Your Trees

You may also decide to install flexible steel cables and braces to strengthen weakened branches and limbs. This extra structure will help to reduce damage from high winds, heavy snowfall, and built-up ice. An expert from Liberty Tree & Landscape Management can help you determine which branches might benefit from cabling and bracing.

Don’t “Shake Off” the Snow

If a branch is already coated in snow and ice, then it is highly brittle. Shaking it could cause it to break. At the same time, knocking off the snow could cause the branch to “snap back” into place, damaging its circulatory system. Once a branch is already weighed down and frozen over, the best solution is to let the snow and ice melt naturally.

Ask an Expert!

At Liberty Tree & Landscape Services, our highly-trained tree surgeons in Center City, PA, can identify any vulnerable trees and branches on your property. Then, we can help you make a plan to protect your trees all winter long. To request a free consultation with a knowledgeable arborist, call 215-309-8700 or contact us online.

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