Winter weather can be tough on trees. The combination of wind and cold can be especially dangerous for trees in Missouri.
High winds can be a major problem. When the wind blows, it can cause tree branches to sway, which can lead to breakage. If a tree’s branches are already damaged or weakened, they may be more prone to breaking in high winds. This can be especially dangerous if the tree is located near a house, road, or other structure, as falling branches can cause damage or injury.
Cold temperatures in Missouri can also be dangerous for trees. When the temperature drops below freezing, it can cause the water inside a tree’s cells to freeze. This can lead to a process called “freeze-thaw cycling,” where the water inside the cells expands and contracts as it freezes and thaws. This can put a lot of stress on the tree’s cells, which can cause them to rupture and die.
To protect your trees from the dangers of wind, prune regularly. Regular pruning removes dead or damaged branches, which can make your trees more resistant to wind damage. It’s best to prune in the late winter or early spring when the weather is milder, and the trees are dormant.
Mulch your trees. Adding a layer of mulch around the base of your trees can help protect their roots from extremely cold temperatures. When applying mulch, leave a few inches of space between the mulch and the trunk of the tree to avoid rot.
Water your trees. Moist soil is more resistant to freezing than dry soil, so be sure to water your trees regularly during the winter months. Avoid overwatering, as too much water can also be harmful to your trees.
Protect your trees from wind damage. If you live in an area with strong winds, you may want to consider installing stakes or guy wires to provide support. Remove the support as soon as possible, however, as it can cause damage to your trees if left in place too long.
Overall, it’s important to be mindful of the dangers that wind and cold can pose during the winter months in Missouri. Taking a few simple precautions can help protect your trees and keep them healthy. Knowing and understanding how Missouri’s winter can affect trees is important for homeowners and landscapers alike.
It is always a good idea to have your trees evaluated by the professionals at Hentges Tree Service.
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