Although we may think winter is a great time to sit back and let our trees enjoy the cold weather, the positive result is actually in doing the opposite. Winter is a wonderful time to assess our trees health and stability needs.
“This is the best time for an arborist to locate deadwood by looking for changes in branch color, fungus growth, cracks, and other symptoms that can help make this determination,” says Tchukki Andersen, BCMA, CTSP and staff arborist for the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). “Since the leaves are off, the view of the entire tree’s architecture is clear, and a thorough check can be performed.”
We want to take care of the trees now, before they are damaged by winter storms. It is usually better to perform preventative care, this way, there is less of a chance of them getting sick later.