Winter Weather Can Damage, Kill Trees: Homeowners Should Take Action Today to Protect Their Landscape Investments

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Trees are particularly prone to damage from harsh winter weather, which can lead to trees toppling, trunks splitting and limbs breaking. Homeowners should consult a professional arborist for advice regarding weak, damaged, or dead trees before the worst of this winter's weather sets in.

Delaware Valley homeowners should take advantage of recent nice weather to protect their trees and shrubs from the snow, ice and high winds of late winter and early spring, according to the expert arborists at Giroud Tree Service. Trees and shrubs are particularly prone to damage from harsh winter weather, which can lead to trees toppling, trunks splitting and limbs breaking.

"Structural defects significantly increase the risk of a tree splitting apart or losing major limbs. Cable and bolt systems create a safety net for your trees," says Giroud Tree Service President and Certified ISA Arborist Lou Giroud. He suggests that homeowners have damaged trees inspected by a professional arborist, who specializes in cable installations to determine the best way to avoid future damage.

Homeowners should also consider taking the following steps with help from professional arborists during the weeks ahead:
1.    Prune problem areas: Prune dangerous limbs away from your house, walks, pools and driveways. Prune crowns to reduce weight and wind resistance and remove deadwood.
2.    Remove dead trees and ugly stumps: Winter is a great time for removals. The ground is hard, so impact on lawn and plantings is minimized. It's especially important to remove dead or hazardous trees, which are most vulnerable to damage from winter winds and storms.
3.    Protect your evergreens from harsh winter winds: Winter burn can hurt or kill your broadleaf and needle evergreens. It's not too late to shield your plants with winter protectant.
4.    Keep deer away from your plants: Use deer repellent to keep the animals from damaging your plants and spreading deer ticks.

"Winter is an excellent time to complete tree work because your tree is currently in a dormant state," Giroud says. "As a result, it is better able to handle more extensive pruning. Additionally, hard ground means that tree service companies, like Giroud, can bring equipment closer to the tree, saving homeowners time and money."

Giroud Tree Service offers a free inspection to homeowners in their service area who have concerns about their trees. They are also happy to share their expertise on treating plant diseases and caring for damaged trees. For more advice on winter tree care, call Giroud at 215-682-7704.

About Giroud Tree Service
Giroud Tree Service has been dedicated to keeping trees healthy and customers happy since 1974. Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, the company specializes in property inspections, diagnosis and testing, tree and shrub care, insect and disease control, tick control, deer repellent, brush clearing, fertilizing, and tree and stump removal. Giroud arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and have the knowledge and experience required to successfully diagnose, treat and maintain the health of your trees. The company was awarded Angie's Super Service Award® in 2006 and more recently received the Consumer Checkbook's top rating for quality. For more information, visit their website at http://www.giroudtree.com or call them at 215-682-7704.

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