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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.

4 Questions You Should Ask Your Tree Surgeon

4 Questions You Should Ask Your Tree Surgeon

When you are choosing a tree surgeon in the Manchester area to work with, it really pays to ask certain questions.

As experienced tree surgeons ourselves, we know what are the most popular questions that get asked and we are more than aware of what not to ask also. Finding a tree surgeon you can trust can be extremely difficult as well as time-consuming if you don’t know what you are looking for. Arboricultural Services Treework Ltd is here to offer some advice.

Check Qualifications and Credentials – What accreditations have you got?

Just like any other service or industry, tree surgeons have to have accredited and approved qualifications and accreditations before carrying out any insured work on your premises.

Here at Arboricultural Services Treework Ltd, we are both LANTRA and NPTC City & Guilds approved and qualified for your safety and quality of service. With all team members being highly skilled, experienced and trained, you can rely on our services to be safe and of exceptional quality no matter what you need from us.

NPTC – “All our qualifications are developed with industry experts and employers to ensure that they support the skills needs of today’s industry”.

Check their Experience – Have you been doing this long enough?

Here at Arboricultural Services Treework Ltd in Manchester and surrounding areas, we believe that experience tops all skills and accreditations. Although we are highly skilled and qualified, we strongly believe that our experience sets us above the rest in our area.

Using years of experience and our strong reputation in the area, we have built a strong client base of both domestic and commercial customers. All of our clients return to using our services time and time again without fail. Check out our testimonials from previous customers to see for yourself the level of service we provide.

We would like to say thank you for your assistance and also to the two young gentlemen who came and left leaving no mess, a very tidy job of work.” Mrs Lomax, Heaton Chapel

Always Check the Price – Will I get a quote?

The prices of anything is always important. You would never go ahead with a haircut for yourself without knowing the true price you will pay at the end, so why do it with tree surgery?

Our team will always quote based on our best understanding of the situation and on larger cases, we will visit the site to give an accurate quote every time. We make sure that all of our clients, both domestic and commercial, can understand the quote they are given and are given a fair price for the services they are receiving.

Get in touch today to get a quote for yourself or your business premises.

Are you really a local business?

There is nothing worse than cowboy builders claiming to work in your local area but travelling from miles away to carry out your services. Without them being truly local you cant call on them when you need them, you cant access them in an emergency and you also can’t trace them should you need to follow up on a service.

Arboricultural Services Treework Ltd are based in Stockport, Lyme Park but work all over Manchester and surrounding areas including Ashton Under Lyne, Altrincham, Bury, Chadderton, Cheadle, Rochdale and Oldham. With the ability to be where you need us at a time that suits you best, you can rely on us to be in the Manchester area all year round.

Check out the areas we cover right here and get in touch to find out more about tree surgery services in your local area.

Get in Touch

To get a free quote or to just enquire about tree surgery services we can offer, call us on 0161 456 0989 or 01625 850 320. We are always available to take enquiries online and will get back in touch at the earliest point possible to let you know what services we can provide.

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