In Holladay, Utah the winter can be especially hazardous when it comes to the health and structure of your trees. Winter winds can send weak branches or an entire tree to the ground while freezing rain brings it’s own troubles. Fortunately though, the damage caused by winter weather, can often be mitigated with preventative tree care services. Before the harshest storms hit, the certified arborists at Mountain West Arbor Care would like to provide you with the following list of signs that may indicate the need for an early winter inspection.
Large, Heavy Trees
Trees that are large and heavy, pose the greatest threat when it comes to your home and property. During the winter, rain, snow, and ice can cling to branches, making a tree unable to support the additional weight. A certified arborist can help evaluate the health and strength of a tree, and perform any necessary trimming to help lighten its load.
Dead or Damaged Branches
It’s important to have any dead or damaged branches removed before they become falling hazards. Dead or damaged branches are also known to invite disease, which can in turn threaten the life of a tree. A certified arborist can easily spot and prune any diseased or dead sections of a tree, and perform any necessary trimming to allow the winter winds to pass harmlessly through it’s branches.
Power Lines and Windows
Branches that are left unattended have the potential to fall on power lines at any time. Additionally, branches that are known to brush against windows can also cause damage, particularly in high winds. A certified arborist can help create a safe, vegetation-free zone around your home to help prevent damage and support healthy tree growth.
Trees with visible cankers or other disease related wounds require special attention. Large cankers that connect with other cracks and cavities also warrant a needed tree care inspection. Once inspected a certified arborist can then recommend an appropriate treatment plan to help preserve the health and integrity of a tree.
Splits and Cracks
It’s important to check a tree for splits and cracks where two large branches come together. Splits and cracks have the dangerous potential of breakthrough that can send heavy limbs to the ground. If you spot any cracks or splits it’s important to call a certified arborist right away before they become especially hazardous this winter.
Depending on the weather, excessive rain and snow can put a strain on root health. The same goes for sidewalks, and construction damage. If you notice any mounds or bulging in the soil, it’s important to have a tree’s roots inspected by a certified arborist.
Preventative Tree Care
Many tree accidents can be prevented with proper tree care services. Given the size and value of our trees, it’s best to entrust their ongoing care to a certified arborist. At Mountain West Arbor Care, our ISA Certified Arborist provides unparalleled tree care services. Contact us today at 1.800.767.8733 for more information and to schedule an early winter inspection.