Fall has stripped the trees of their leaves. Snow covers the ground. The good season is behind us. “No more plant maintenance,” many people say to themselves. And yet, this is not the case. On the contrary, winter is a good time to do pruning, trimming or cutting down trees.
Of course, the period from April to November is a busy time for tree service companies. However, winter is a good time for some tree work. Moreover, conscientious companies such as Emondage Montreal are equipped to work in winter.
The first reason for choosing winter is that the ground is frozen. Therefore, the impact of a cut on the lawn or gardens where a tree is located will be less important. Winter removal of ash trees infested with EAB is optimal at this time. Many cities require this to be done in the event of an EAB attack. You should therefore consider cutting down a tree, regardless of species, during the cold season.
In the case of plantations, thinning or clearing of trails can be done in winter. Again, because of the frozen ground, the risk of damage is less. The use of machines to remove logs from the forest is less likely to form ruts. The fauna and flora will also be less disturbed by such work done in winter.
Winter pruning allows the specimen to better focus its energy when spring arrives. However, this pruning should be done after the cold snap has passed and when the temperature starts to get a little warmer.
On the other hand, in the case of a tree that shows signs of disease or stress, or whose growth has lacked vigor during the previous season, it is advisable to wait until the loss of its leaves before pruning it significantly.
However, it may still be preferable to prune a stressed tree during the winter. For example, if a tree has structural problems or significant damage from recent storms, it may be more vulnerable to the weather if left unpruned.
Snow makes it easier to move large logs
Some work is better done in winter. For example, snow-covered ground allows the use of sleds to transport wood. However, if there is a lot of snow, it will be necessary to remove it before the tree service company arrives. They should ask you in advance so that they can get around.
Preventing storm damage
It may be necessary to prune trees to protect against damage from potentially severe winters. This is especially true when trees are very large, structurally unsound or have been damaged by storms.
It goes without saying that branches without leaves make it easier to see the specific structure of a tree. This advantage makes pruning significantly easier.
It is not possible to start “too early” during the development of a tree in terms of tree care. Furthermore, prevention remains the watchword in this field. This wise precaution can reduce the risk of breakage caused by bad weather. Since winter is a less busy time for tree care companies, you may benefit from a better price.