WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT Protecting Your Trees From Blizzards!

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We are not strangers to blizzards in this part of Ohio. With heavy snowfall, low temperatures, and strong winds, obviously some trees aren’t going to make it through the winter. However, with the help of tree care services in Gates Mills like Vancuren Tree Service, you can help your trees survive as long as possible, year after year.

Many of the environmental factors that go along with blizzards can cause damage to trees. Rapid temperature changes can cause stress and injury to trees. When there are extended periods of mild winter weather, this can cause plants to be more vulnerable to sudden changes in weather. Some trees and shrubs can suffer damage if the temperature falls too much. Some species, like yews, arborvitae, and junipers are more prone to ice and snow damage.

In the winter, trees and shrubs may suffer from frost cracks, or cracks that run from the top to the bottom of the trunk. This often occurs on the south and southwest side of trees. When a frost crack appears, it is likely that it will appear every year after that. Cold, dry winds can also dry out trees. The sun reflecting off snow can scald and blister trunks and branches. Deer and other animals may also use trees in the winter for shelter or food.

Preparing your trees for blizzards can be very helpful in preventing severe damage and keeping your property safe in general. Checking your trees for weak limbs and pruning properly are crucial steps. Even if a tree has been damaged, it is healthy if it still has most of its major limbs and half or more of its crown. If this is the case, its chances for recovery are good. You should also remove the broken branches if they are damaged in a blizzard. It is not recommended to knock snow and ice off branches because they can break. If you must do this though, gently push up on the branches from below to brush it off without adding extra stress. You can also wrap smaller trees and shrubs in burlap. This keeps them safe from strong winds and lots of snow. This is a good method for newly planted trees, trees with underdeveloped root systems, and trees that may be more susceptible to winter conditions. You can also build a frame over plants and shrubs that are near the house, so when snow falls off the roof, the impact is diminished.

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Preventative care can help your trees survive blizzards and harsh winters with as little damage as possible. Working with a Gates Mills tree care company like Vancuren Tree Service can also ensure that your trees are well-taken care of before a blizzard and after, if any damage occurs.

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