Winter tree care is not something many of us consider once the colder months set in. However, there are many advantages to maintaining the trees on your property during the winter. Not only is it one of our favourite times of year to complete tree work, it is the most beneficial to trees.
When assessing the safety of a tree’s structure, the leaves can make it difficult to see the imperfections. After the leaves have fallen off the tree, our arborists can easily detect structural defects in the trees.
During the winter months, trees become dormant. Pruning branches on a tree in the winter will not use up the tree’s much needed energy in the spring and summer months.
A well-pruned tree has less chance for damage to winter storms. If trees are assessed and taken care of properly before a storm hits, it will increase odds for survival.
In fact, certain trees (oak, elm, and birch) should only be pruned in the fall or winter. Dutch elm disease and oak wilt are spread by insects. The insects that are active in the warmer months are dormant during the cooler seasons, making the winter season ideal for pruning trees that are susceptible to disease.
Our staff is always considerate of the areas surrounding a tree. An additional benefit to winter tree care is less chance for soil impaction when the ground is frozen and dormant
Preserving and promoting tree health are our number one priorities at Capella Tree Service Inc. The urban canopy in the City of Guelph is very important to us. We often work with city staff to ensure that our tree care company is adhering to the bylaws set out by the City.
Often times we are contacted by homeowners to assess a tree that is actually on City property. According to the City of Guelph tree removal bylaw, trees on City property are not to be removed or pruned without a permit. There are also other bylaws that affect any tree on private property in Guelph that is greater than 0.5 acres. To learn more about how the City of Guelph tree removal bylaw affects the trees on your property, visit their information page.
The benefits of mulch are countless. Capella Tree Service provides FREE mulch to anyone in the Guelph area on request. The wood chips that we create using our wood chipper can be put to great use!
BENEFITS OF MULCH
• Helps maintain moisture
• Helps control weeds
• Acts as an insulator – keeps soil warmer in winter and cooler in summer
• Helps inhibit certain diseases
For more information about mulch, and other ways to promote the health of your trees go to www.treesaregood.com.