As fall is coming to an end and we are heading into winter, the remembrance of winter storms of past come to mind. Will this winter bring a blanket of snow, heavy ice, or relentless winds? Most of us who have lived here for any length of time know if a winter storm does hit, it usually puts the whole city out of production.
Are your trees prime candidates to be utilized by fierce weather to cause damage or mayhem? There are a couple of preventative measures you can take to help reduce potential damage to your home, cars, or even your neighbor’s property. Identify broken, cracked or hanging limbs in your trees; these can fail, causing the loss of other limbs as they make their way to the ground. Identify longer limbs that protrude beyond the rest of the canopy as they have no shelter. Also look for pitching along the trunk, mushrooms on the ground or trunk, and in conifers see if the top is dying back or is filled with a plethora of little cones. These signs can indicate root rot and will destabilize a tree.
Rodents and other pests can be another major issue that arises in the winter. Mice and rabbits are the largest offenders. They will chew on tree bark when their food supply is limited. Squirrels can also become offenders when desperate for food. Applying a wire wrap can help protect your trees from rodents and other animals.
Owner and Certified Arborist Rich Gillum, of Rich’s Tree Service, Inc., has been serving the Portland Metro areas for over 24 years. We are a licensed, bonded, and insured tree care company that specializes in pruning, preservation, and removal. Customers can read our reviews on Angie’s List, The BBB, Facebook and ask for a list of commercial and residential references to learn more about our superior service.