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Trees go dormant in late fall and winter. Basically the dormant period is from the time trees loose their leaves until bud break in the spring. There are a number of benefits to performing tree pruning operations this time of year. First, work can be performed with less interruption as the yard is less intensely used this time of year. Further the ground is frozen allowing heavy equipment across lawns. Perennials are dormant which gives crews less obstacles to avoid. Thus work can be performed more efficiently saving time and money.
Dormant pruning is a stimulating process. Trees respond more consistently to winter pruning. Pruning wounds made in the winter close faster then those made in the summer months. In the winter months there is reduced insect and disease populations and thus little chance for trees to become infected.
The winter months also provide a great opportunity for arborist to evaluate a trees structure. With all the leaves fallen, the branch structure is easily seen. It is similar to the x-ray of a human skeleton. The bare framework allows arborist to more easily and quickly evaluate the structure of a tree and to decide what pruning action should take place to benefit the tree. If action is required, branches are easier to work with as there is no added weight of the leaves.
Another time for pruning is during the summer when the trees have the advantage of being in full bloom. Trees are less susceptible to losing energy at this time.
When is best time to schedule pruning for my trees?
There are a number of things to look for when identifying tree hazards such as:
* Large dead branches
* Detached hanging branches
* Cavities in the trunk or in major branches
* Cracks or splits
* Strong lean on trunk
* Regrowth form topping or line clearance
* Electrical lines adjacent to the tree
* Broken branches
* Open cavities
* Dead or dying branches
* Many branches arising from a single point
* Decay and rot in old wounds
* Construction or recent changes in grades
Do you do emergency tree removal?
How do you protect further damage to my trees and schrubs?
Tree Cabling and Tree Bracing, combined with proper pruning practices can help stabilize a structurally weak tree. Weak limbs and co-dominant stems can be supported using cabling and bracing. These support systems can help keep a tree in tact and prevent storm damage and limb breakage when the tree is under stress from heavy loads and winds.
Like us trees are not always perfect. We will install cable bracing to help strenghen weak crotches.
How do I know if I have a hazardess situation with my trees?
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, some situations are hazardess and require immediate attention. We are available by phone 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Call us and leave your message on our cell phone (508-958-7715) and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible.