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Thank you so much. The trees look great. And it makes me feel better if we get another nasty storm! ”- Evelyn R.

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Thank you Preservation Tree for taking care of our Big Beloved Oak. Happy New Year! ”- Trish W.

Winter Storms: Are Your Trees Ready?

Trees
in North Texas have taken a beating the last few years. Between
extended drought, followed by flooding and compacted soils, many are not
sturdy enough to withstand winter storms. Too often, the problems may
not be obvious to the untrained eye – until it’s too late.

Losing
a large established tree is heartbreaking; and it can cause a lot of
new issues for your home and landscape. All of a sudden, you no longer
have shade protection from that hot western Texas sun. Your electric
bills will shoot up and it will become more difficult to cool your home
during summer months. Lost privacy is also a concern. And that
shade-loving landscape? You’ll have to kiss it goodbye too! So what can you do to prevent the loss of your tree?

Often, much of the damage caused by our strong storms can be prevented with good pruning and care. The key is to have your trees expertly pruned before the storms hit. And if you thought you couldn’t prune trees when they were dormant, we listed 5 reasons why pruning in winter is actually a good thing.

Hazard signs to look for:

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Hazard signs to look for:

Codominant Trunks:

Does
the trunk of your tree look like the picture above? If so, your tree
has codominant trunks, two trunks with equal weight competing on the
same tree. The area where they join becomes weak, and in a strong storm
or ice storm, the tree could split down the middle, or one trunk may
pull away and fall. We often deal with codominant trucks using
strategically placed cabling and bracing.

Cabling uses a flexible steel cable between branches to limit excess branch motion and reduce stress where the trunk or branches meet. Bracing uses
bolts or threaded rods to rigidly secure weak or split crotches, unite
split trunks or branches, and hold rubbing limbs together or apart. More
on cabling and bracing here.

Over-thinned:

Too
often, trees are improperly thinned out in the attempt to grow a lawn
beneath the tree. Over time, too much weight remains at the ends of the
branches, causing poor weight distribution. Branches that are too heavy
on the ends can snap off, especially during ice storms.

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Overweight Canopy:

Sometimes,
when trees have growth spurts that are too fast, they can become
overweight…just like us! The heavy spring rains we experienced this
year caused a lot of trees to have quick growth spurts. This left many
branches, especially ones that had already been improperly pruned,
subject to breakage.

Overthinned
trees or overweight branches are an even bigger problem in trees with
codominant trunks. See more about overgrowth in trees here.

Now is the time to prune trees before winter storms arrive. No matter
who you have care for your trees, be sure they are a qualified and
experienced Certified Arborist. To schedule a pruning time with us,
contact us here.

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