Tips for Winter Tree Maintenance in Michigan

As winter blankets Michigan with its icy embrace, it’s easy to think that trees are dormant and require little attention. However, we at Emergency Tree Service understand the importance of winter tree maintenance in preserving your home’s aesthetic beauty while also ensuring the safety of everyone on your property. In today’s post, we will discuss reasons why you should inspect the trees on your property to ensure a safe winter season.

Pruning for Structure and Safety

Winter is the ideal time for tree pruning in Michigan when deciduous trees have shed their leaves. Pruning during this dormant season allows the opportunity to remove any potentially hazardous branches that could threaten the tree’s health and structure. The absence of leaves enhances visibility, making it easier to identify and address any structural issues in your trees. By taking this proactive approach, not only will you ensure the safety of the tree, but you will also reduce the risk of limb damage due to heavy snow or ice accumulation, which can be complicated by heavy winds.

Preventing Winter Damage

Michigan’s winters can be harsh, with freezing temperatures, snow, and ice. Evergreen trees are particularly susceptible to winter burn, a condition where the needles desiccate due to the cold winds and frozen soil. Applying a layer of mulch around the base of trees helps insulate the soil, providing a buffer against extreme temperature. Additionally, wrapping young or vulnerable trees with burlap can shield them from harsh winter winds and reduce the risk of sunscald.

Monitoring for Pests and Diseases

While many pests and diseases are less active during the winter, it’s crucial to remain vigilant in preventing infestation. Inspecting trees for signs of infestation or disease, such as abnormal growths or damage to the bark, enables early intervention. If identified, you can properly address these issues before the warmer months, preventing potential widespread damage.

Winter Watering

It is essential to make sure the trees on your property are properly hydrated during the winter months, especially for trees that have been planted recently. Without proper hydration, trees can suffer during the cold, dry winter months, which could result in serious tree health issues when the weather warms up in the spring. You can water the trees during the middle of the day, which gives the water time to absorb into the soil before it freezes when the temps lower in the evening.

Emergency Tree Services is available to handle any emergency issues you may experience with your trees during severe winter storms. Call us when you need us, and we will respond as quickly as possible.