While we can’t control the weather, we can help improve the resiliency of your trees and shrubs. We like to come take a look in the early fall, well before winter storm season begins.
Pre-winter pruning will not prevent damage in every case, however, after every major storm we receive calls from customers happy their trees escaped damage. These customers all had one thing in common. Their trees were pruned prior to the storm.
Neither can we predict when major storms will occur. If freezing conditions are in the forecast, you can take these steps to help prevent damage.
- In case of extreme cold covering tender plants with a temporary cover can reduce cold damage. Tarps, old blankets, straw or leaves will all work. Snow is insulating and will protect plants from extremely cold temperatures.
- If ice or snow are building up on your plants gently knocking it off in mid-storm can reduce weight and prevent broken limbs. Sometimes using a broom or throwing a ball into tall branches will trigger snow to fall.
- Always assess the situation first and don’t compromise your safety.
- In case of heavy or gusty wind, we recommend you take shelter inside.
- Never approach a downed electric line; electricity can arc long distances with lethal consequences.