A Guide to Winter Tree Care
– Find out what tree care you can carry out in winter
– Autumn and winter are best for tree care
– Discover how Tree Squadron can help
Whilst you might spend more time indoors than outdoors this winter, your garden will still require maintaining throughout the colder months. There are many reasons to do this, but they include preparing your garden for spring, to carry out work when trees and plants are dormant, and keeping your greenery healthy and safe. And when it comes to trees in particular, there are a few winter tree care tops tips you can follow in the next couple of months.
Have Your Trees Pruned
Autumn and winter are the best times of year to prune your tree. Because leaves fall off the trees in autumn, it allows for easy access to branches for arborists. Problem branches are also easier to spot, and can be trimmed back or removed entirely.
Trees are also dormant in winter, meaning there isn’t as much stress on them if they have a crown reduction or a similar trimming technique. And because storms are more prevalent in the winter months, removing excess and overhanging branches can also improve safety around your tree.
Having all this work done by trained arborists in the winter means that your trees will be ready come the spring, and when preparing your garden for the warmer months, it allows you time to focus on other areas of your garden including lawn maintenance, planting bulbs and seeds, and taking care of your fence.
Check For Diseases
Whilst trees are dormant in winter, diseases can still be present. Whilst they act considerably slower in the autumn and winter months than in the summer, you should be on the lookout for tree diseases for the next few months. Being able to spot them in the colder part of the year can help prevent the spread of these diseases, with some of the main issues being ash dieback and Dutch elm disease.
Whilst some of the signs of ash dieback are easier to spot in the summer (such as leaves developing dark patches and the dieback of shoots), there are other signs you can still look out for. These include lesions developing where the branch meets the trunk, and epicormic growth due to stress from the tree.
For Dutch elm disease, you can check underneath the bark of branches. Healthy elm wood is cream-coloured, but dark brown or red streaks mean the tree is infected with the disease. We can carry out a tree survey to assess the health of your trees, which includes identifying any diseases.
Remove Problem Tree Stumps
Whilst your garden is mostly unoccupied in the winter, it’s the perfect time to have those big tasks tackled. One such task would be removing any unsightly tree stumps from your property. If you had a tree which required felling then you’ll probably be left with an unattractive tree stump in your garden.
The stump takes up space in your garden which could be used for recreation or planting other plants. At best it looks like an eyesore, and at worse it can be a safety hazard to the users of the garden. Whilst it may look impossible to remove, it can be easily removed through stump grinding. At Tree Squadron we can remove your tree stump by using a stump grinding machine to break up the stump and turn it into wood chips, completely removing the stump from the surface, allowing you to have a safe, flat garden.
Winter Tree Care at Tree Squadron
At Tree Squadron, we carry out tree care all throughout the year, but winter’s a great time to get your trees into the best condition ready for spring and summer. Based in Cardiff, we have years of experience carrying out work in Newport, Penarth and the Vale of Glamorgan.