With the cold winter weather upon us and trees months into their dormant season, tree care might be the last thing on our minds. To ensure healthy and thriving landscapes in the spring and summer ahead, however, winter is an essential time to be proactive about tree care.
Assess Tree Structure and Branches
While trees are leafless and dormant, assess trees for damage and identify any potential hazards, especially after big storms. Weak structure is easier to spot when trees are bare – look for broken, cracked or split branches. For weak and damaged trees, bolting and cabling may be an ideal solution to avoid further damage and fallen trees or branches.
Also take a look at the overall growth of trees to determine if they have good balance and/or if they need pruning. Pruning will contribute not only to the tree's appearance, but also to its overall health and functionality.
If you see something that looks concerning when assessing your trees, give us a call and we will be happy to do a hazard assessment. By being proactive and taking proper care of your trees in all seasons, they will remain healthy for years to come.
Think Ahead in Landscaping
Daydreaming of warm summer days to come? Start thinking about your spring and summer landscape now! That way you can plan ahead and purchase what you need to begin planting as soon as the ground thaws. Planning early gives you a jumpstart for a beautiful and thriving landscape in the warm months ahead.
Ken Ottman is the owner of First Choice Tree Care, a full service arboricultural firm that services residential, commercial and municipal clients in Central Wisconsin and the greater Milwaukee area. He is past president of both the Wisconsin Arborist Association and the International Society of Arboriculture. He has more than 35 years of experience in the tree care profession and is a former city of Milwaukee forester.