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What Happens to Your Trees in Winter?

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It’s common knowledge that during the winter months, trees become barer. What many people don’t know, however, is how trees are able to stay alive in the bitter cold and are in fact dormant, not dead.

Trees go through a process called dormancy which is similar to hibernation in animals and this is how they are able to stay alive.

What is Dormancy?

This is a period in the tree’s life cycle when its growth and development stop temporarily. The tree’s metabolism slows down significantly which in turn helps the tree to conserve more energy over the colder winter months.

The first part of this process is when the tree begins to lose its leaves. This is due to the tree not making food in the winter, so it no longer has any use for the leaves that would require energy to maintain. The dropping of leaves means deciduous trees can cope better with high winds and heavy snowfall because, without the leaves to act as big sail in the wind, the tree branches can bend and flex, hopefully without causing too much damage to them and the snow has a smaller area to land on.

Trees know when to start dormancy as they are sensitive to changes in environmental conditions such as a drop in temperature and a decrease in the amount of daylight they receive which are the two main factors that determine when a tree will rest for the winter.

Why is Winter a Good Time for Tree Maintenance?

Arborists are able to more easily access your trees with their tree care equipment when the ground surrounding your tree is frozen. Also, pruning deciduous trees in the winter promotes fast regrowth in the spring and decreases the chances for some tree diseases to spread. Pruning branches will leave your trees with open wounds that could possibly be a target for infections but as they conserve their energy in the winter, they have more energy available to concentrate on healing these wounds.

With deciduous trees, it’s also easier to identify any issues with the tree after the leaves have fallen. You’re more easily able to spot any branches that are diseased, dying or dead which means you will be more efficient with your pruning.

If you would like some tips or would like us to come and do the tree pruning then contact us on 0161 456 0989 or 01625 850 320.

How Can You Prepare Your Trees for Winter?

There are a few different ways you can prepare your trees for the cold to ensure they remain as healthy as possible. The first is to prune, as mentioned above, to give them a healthy start to winter.

Repeated freezing and thawing can cause the soil to expand and contract which can cause damage to the roots and pull saplings out of the ground. To counter this, make sure to try and maintain a more constant soil temperature by adding around 2 to 3 inches of mulch around the base of your tree at the end of autumn or the beginning of winter. This insulates the roots and significantly slows down any loss of moisture.

Make sure that you water your trees well before winter begins as the water acts as an insulator. Also, the moist soil tends to stay warmer than dry soil, so this can help to protect roots too.

You can find more methods on protecting your trees in the winter on the Royal Horticultural Society website here.

Get in Touch

If you need more advice on how best to protect your trees in the winter or what we can do to help then get in touch with our team on 0161 456 0989 or 01625 850 320.

Summer Tree Safety with Arboricultural Services Treework Ltd

Hedge Cutting

Now that summertime is just about here, it is about time we looked at how to take care of your garden, trees and hedges safely throughout the warmer months.

As the British sun starts to beam down, occasionally, on your garden area, your trees and growths will start to come into leaf. This is the perfect time to give your trees a health check and include with this a clean-up of dead branches and broken leaves.

Dead Branches and Leaves

Over the winter your trees will have been battered by all weathers and in most cases, there will have been a lack of nutrition and damaged branches or branches prone to splintering. If this is the case, there is a severe danger for anyone in the area and even neighbouring properties due to the risk of collapsing and falling heavy branches.

Finding these branches and broken parts of the tree is so much easier when it starts coming up to spring and summer. The easiest way to identify these broken areas is by waiting until the rest of the tree starts to sprout new growth, and those damaged areas obviously won’t.

Our team are more than capable of spotting these dead areas of your tree and safely cutting them back to avoid fallen branches and poorly maintained trees. Get in touch for tree care, pruning, maintenances and protection that you can trust.

Top Signs to Look Out For

When it comes to inspecting trees on your property, there are some tell-tale signs to look out for in regards to damaged limbs and branches. Our team are able to come out and check any damage prone trees for you on site and provide you with quotes as to what services you may need to keep these as safe as possible.

Those trees that are more than likely going to be damaged in the run-up to summer include:

  • Aged trees
  • Trees with larger canopies
  • Trees that have large foliage and a larger leaf
  • Branches that are rubbing against each other on the same tree or neighbouring trees

Summer Tree Pruning

Summer tree pruning is really all about timing and when you choose to carry out the protection and maintenance work. It is so important to make sure that whatever work you carry out doesn’t hold any stress on the trees themselves.

As summer is a great time for a tree to be at peak health and not dormant, the replenished energy that the tree has will help it recover from coppicing and pruning. Our professional surgeons are able to work carefully with your trees in order to keep them healthy all year round and give each tree the chance to grow properly without further damaging it or the surrounding growth.

Benefits of Summer Pruning

There are so many benefits to pruning your trees in the summer, and the biggest is that it just overall looks better!

As well as having the best-looking trees on your street, you can sleep easy knowing your trees are free from danger, not a hazard to the public or other trees and that your trees are growing healthily all year round.

Pruning can also give way to new growth and reduce the stress on the surrounding trees in the fight for nutrition and light. All trees are living things and need the care they deserve all year round to grow properly without damaging their surroundings, so why not get in touch and start your journey today?

Get in Touch

To find out more or to arrange a site visit for tree care, call our team today on 0161 456 0989 or 01625 850 320.


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