It’s tempting to think that dormant, leafless trees can be left to their own devices during the winter – but think again! Winter is actually a great time to examine the stability and health of your trees, according to tree care experts.
“This is the best time for an arborist to locate deadwood by looking for changes in branch color, fungus growth, cracks, and other symptoms that can help make this determination,” says Tchukki Andersen, BCMA, CTSP and staff arborist for the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). “Since the leaves are off, the view of the entire tree’s architecture is clear, and a thorough check can be performed.”
So, how do you go about checking and pruning your trees during the winter? TCIA member company 404-Cut-Tree recently filmed a short video, “How to prune a Japanese Maple,” which shows homeowners how to recognize defects in their trees, and advises on pruning volume and methods.
“We presented pruning objectives, as well as detailed training about the trimming itself,” says Bob Delbridge, president of 404-Cut-Tree. “Our objective is to empower our customers to perform what can be intimidating work on an expensive ornamental, in a very do-able, satisfying experience.”
Need to know more about how to trim your trees this winter? Read TCIA’s latest press release on the topic here.
Many of the pruning techniques in the video can be performed by homeowners, but if you would like a professional to look at your tree canopy, consider using TCIA’s ZIP code search tool to find a qualified tree care company in your area.
About the Author
This Guest Blog Post and the accompanying video footage were provided by TCIA member company 404-Cut-Tree. Visit their website at www.404cuttree.com, or connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more updates. 404-Cut-Tree also maintains a blog, which is updated regularly with thoughts on the tree care industry.
Photo courtesy of Joseph O'Brien, USDA Forest Serivce, Bugwood.org.