It’s not easy being a tree. Being big, silent, and rooted to the ground makes a tree an easy target for disease, pests, and random collisions with lawn mowers and weed hackers. (That’s just in the summer and autumn months.) If trees are ignored during the winter, they may be prone to increasing weakness and collapse.
As plant activity slows in winter and trees lose their foliage, it’s easy to forget they’re vulnerable as ever. Why? Trees in winter are victimized by hungry deer and rabbits, chemical poisoning from road salt, and a natural phenomenon called “sun scalding.” This occurs when a tree’s bark is warmed by the bright light of the sun, then rapidly cools at night. These abrupt changes in internal body temperature cause breaks to form on the tree’s bark (generally on the south side) and this “scalding” exposes the tree’s cambium or inner “skin.” The scalding provides access points for disease and parasites to infiltrate the tree’s system.
How Can We Help?
We can protect our woody friends from hungry critters and sun scalding by wrapping the trunks of saplings and mid-sized trees in burlap or a similar fabric. Wrapping can also protect tree trunks from road salt spray. Additionally, digging trenches to divert runoff will protect roots.
Winter Tree Emergencies
What do you do when wind or an ice storm finally brings down that big oak? When your majestic maple is covered in ice and tilting to one side — can it be saved? These are times to call tree professionals. Choose a tree service that has the training and experience to safely remove damaged and dead trees and “widowmaker” dangling limbs. Experts can also remove downed limbs from hazardous locations (e.g. power lines) and provide tree emergency first aid.
Toronto area residents know they can rely on Timberlane Tree Service for 24/7 emergency storm calls. With three convenient numbers — Newmarket: (905) 778-9438, Toronto: (416) 878-2108, and toll-free: 1-888-718-8733, you know you’ll reach help when you need it.