Winter storm tree damage help from the professionals at Complete Landsculpture…Over the last few days Texas has experienced some of the most extreme winter storm damage it has seen in the last 3 decades.
As this weather has been brutal on all of us here in North Texas, it has also been very hard on our trees. The accumulation of snow and ice on our trees looks beautiful, a winter wonderland, but can be devastating. Those pretty icicles hanging down on those branches are very heavy and can lead to branch or even tree failure.
Evergreen trees, such as live oaks, arborvitae, and juniper are especially susceptible as they hold on to their leafy weight all year long. Soft wood trees, such as Pear and Ash trees, are also prone to branch breaks even though they have dropped their leaves for the winter. Other trees that have multiple leaders, narrow branches, included bark, or long heavy lateral limbs are also susceptible to damage from winter storms as the additional weight puts pressure on the weak points of the tree.
When things start to warm up from this last storm, you may be tempted to knock off the icicles. Branches covered in ice are more likely to break if the icy weight is suddenly removed and the branches snaps back. The branches may be supported or cold (not hot) water can be used to spray down the icicles and allow them to melt off. Fluffy snow can be brushed off but once it becomes icy it is best to wait and allow the ice to melt.
Proper tree trimming can greatly reduce the chances of limb or tree failure. The goal of the tree trimming is to reduce heavy limbs, remove multiple leaders, and remove weak and weakly attached limbs. Tree care, including proper fertilization and treatment of insects and diseases, can also improve the trees health and promote healthy root growth to reduce the chances of trees falling over or succumbing to the damage. Our ISA Certified Arborists can help identify trees that may need some tree maintenance to prevent winter damage. Call our ISA Certified Arborists today for your free consultation.
As we get past this event and the snow and ice melts away, you will begin to see things on your property. Do not hesitate to call the professionals at Complete Landsculpture! We are here to assist you with all of your needs. Contact our office at 214-358-5296 or visit us at www.completelandsculpture.com to schedule your consultation. Just click the get started link! In the meantime please stay safe and warm!