Philadelphia Homeowners Need to Take Action Now and Giroud Tree and Lawn Provides the Top Tree Service Tips to Protect Trees from Damage This Winter

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Winter weather is fast approaching and Philadelphia homeowners need to have an ISA Certified Arborist inspect trees for safety hazards. If problems are found, tree service actions such as removals, cabling and pruning need to be completed before bad weather strikes, according to Giroud Tree and Lawn.

Limbs on White Pine broken in December snow storm

White Pine damaged from the weight of unexpected December snows.

Winter storms are most likely to damage White Pines, Arborvitae and trees that have not been recently maintained.

Philadelphia is starting to feel winter’s bite in the air. Before winter storms strike, homeowners need to have trees inspected for safety hazards by an ISA Certified Arborist. Giroud Tree and Lawn provides the top tree service actions to take now to prevent storm damage.

“Heavy snows, fierce winds and ice can be treacherous for trees,” says Lou Giroud, President, Giroud Tree and Lawn and ISA Certified Arborist. “Based on decades of winter storm experience, the trees most likely to be damaged in a storm are evergreens such as White Pines and Arborvitae as well as trees that have not had a recent safety hazard inspection or maintenance.”    

Homeowners can take the following steps to protect trees this winter.
1. Hazard Inspection: Have an ISA Certified Arborist do a root to crown inspection to identify hazards such as cracks, weak limbs, deadwood or unsafe root systems.
2. Tree Removal: Dead trees are a hazard and must be removed. Winter is an especially good time for removals since the ground is hard and there is less risk of damaging understory plants and lawns.
3. Winter Pruning: Two types of pruning are most critical in the winter: deadwood removal and reducing wind resistance. Selectively thinning branches helps the wind to move more easily through the tree and prevents uprooting. However, never thin more than 25% of a tree’s crown at one time. Additionally, dead branches should also be removed since those are the first to break in a storm.
4. Install Cables to Prevent Splitting: Trees with multiple trunks or weakly attached limbs are prime targets for splitting. To successfully secure a tree, use a tree service professional with the knowledge required to select the best cable system for each tree’s specific situation and install it at the right tension and location in the tree.    
5. Shake Ice and Snow off Shrubs and Small Trees: Use a long pole or rake to gently lift branches and dislodge snow or ice. The heavy weight can cause trees and shrubs to break or split. Bradford Pears, Birches, White Pines and Arbor Vitae are most at risk.

“Finally, professional certification and the tree industry’s seasonal slowdown are two key factors in purchasing tree service in winter,” says Mr. Giroud. “Here’s what homeowners should consider:”
1. Is the tree service representative an ISA Certified Arborist? The ISA, International Society of Arboriculture, is the professional association of the tree care industry.
2. Tree service companies are traditionally slower in the winter and as a result pricing is often at its most competitive level.

About Giroud Tree and Lawn
Giroud Tree and Lawn specializes in tree service, tree removal and lawn care programs that make customers love doing business with the company since 1974. Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, the company offers professional tree and lawn evaluation, tree pruning, tree removal, insect and disease control, fertilizing, stump removal and traditional and 100% organic lawn programs to keep lawns healthy and green. Giroud Arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and have the knowledge and experience required to properly diagnose, treat and maintain trees and lawn health. The company is Accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has been awarded the Angie's List Super Service Award® every year since 2005. The “Giroud Treework for Charity” program donates free tree care services to parks, historical sites and other non-profit organizations located in the Company’s service area. For more information, visit the company website at or call 215-682-7704.

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