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The Power of Pruning: Preventing Problems Before Heavy Snow

SE Wisconsinites know that winters can be unpredictable. But one certain thing is we can expect at least one or two winter storms with heavy snow. Pruning trees in preparation for those storms can help reduce the risk of damage and promote overall tree health. Below is information on how preventative pruning can protect your trees:


Remove Dead or Diseased Branches

Dead or diseased branches are more prone to breakage during storms. Prune them before winter to prevent them from falling and causing damage. Having a Hoppe Tree Service Certified Arborist perform a tree inspection allows us to see any dead, broken branches or weak branches in the canopy


Reduce Crown Density

Reducing the overall density of the crown can make the tree more wind resistant. We focus on areas where branches are rubbing or too closely spaced.


Raise or Shorten Lower Branches

Elevate lower branches to reduce the risk of snow accumulating on them.   Just as important is shortening length of long extended branches.  This is especially important for evergreen trees, as the weight of snow can lead to breakage.


Prune for a Balanced Structure

Maintain a balanced structure by pruning for good branch distribution. This helps prevent the development of weak, unbalanced limbs that may be more susceptible to damage.


Cabling and Bracing

Did you know that Hoppe Tree Service also provides cabling and bracing? For larger or more mature trees with heavy branches, consider installing cables or braces to provide additional support. This can help prevent limbs from breaking under the weight of snow or ice.

Avoid Topping

Topping, the practice of cutting back large branches to stubs, is detrimental to tree health and can make trees more susceptible to storm damage. Avoid this practice and focus on selective pruning instead.


Remove Hazardous Limbs

Our Certified Arborists can identify and remove limbs that pose a risk to structures, power lines, or other valuable assets. This can prevent major damage during storms.


Timing Matters

Prune well in advance of winter storms. Don't be reactive, be proactive! Give Hoppe Tree Service a call well before winter storms arrive. We will schedule one of our Certified Arborists to meet with you and give you their best recommendations to keep your trees happy and healthy!



Consult a Professional Arborist

If you are unsure about the best pruning practices for your specific trees or if you have large, mature trees, it's advisable to consult with a Certified Arborist. Lucky for you, we have a team of Certified Arborists who are happy to talk with you about your trees. They can provide guidance and perform necessary pruning to ensure the health and safety of your trees.

Remember that while pruning can help reduce the risk of storm damage, there is no foolproof method to eliminate the possibility completely. Regular maintenance and monitoring of your trees are essential components of a comprehensive tree care plan.


Call us at 414.257.2111 or fill out our Request-A-Quote form below to schedule a time to meet with one of our Certified Arborists.

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