With all the attention our beautiful trees and landscaping get during the spring and summer months it is easy to forget how important winter applications of tree care to our Boulder properties can be. Just because the ground is covered in snow and the leaves are all gone does not mean our trees do not need attention, in fact this is the only time some manners of tree care should be done. Walker Tree Care recommends the following winter tree care services;
– General pruning of all trees including fruit trees and American elm
– Deep-root watering (dependent on precipitation)
– Tree removal
– Tree risk assessment and other tree-related consulting services
Winter Tree Pruning
After the leaves have fallen in the autumn, the structure of your trees can be seen much more easily. Also without your summer annuals in landscape beds there is less risk of disrupting your plantings when working on trees in these areas. In some cases when the ground freezes it can be easier for us to access trees with large equipment allowing us greater safety and in some cases reducing the cost. Winter pruning can also avoid introducing some serious diseases that are active and spread easily during the growing seasons of spring and summer. In fact fruit trees and American elms are prone to diseases and infestation when trimmed any other time of year.
Winter Deep-root Watering
Due to to the semi-arid conditions in Boulder and surrounding areas in which we live, our trees do not always receive the water they need in the winter. Watering you trees at least monthly in the winter is a great way to ensure that your trees get the water they need. This is something that homeowners can often do on their own. Just let the hose run on low under your tree for an hour or so once a month on a warmish day when the ground is not frozen.
If a source of water is unavailable because you don’t have a working spigot on the side of your house, or your landscape is large as is the case with many condominium complexes, hiring someone to water your trees may be the only viable alternative. Walker Tree Care can help. We have the capability to inject water into the soil at 150 psi to get the water where the tree roots are, and we are happy to help. Just give us a call.
Winter Tree Removal
Winter is often the best time to remove trees, especially large ones. Plants under the trees are dormant and less susceptible to damage, the ground may be frozen and thus less prone to rutting from equipment and logs, and the days are cooler so the tree workers are more comfortable. Winters in the Boulder area are really quite mild (shhh, don’t tell all those people who think we’re buried in snow and freezing temperatures all winter), and as a result, we at Walker Tree Care work year-round. We love our work, and it shows.
Tree Risk Assessment
Tree risk assessment is a systematic process to identify, analyze and evaluate tree risk. Dave Walker, owner of Walker Tree Care earned the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) in 2015 after two days of intensive training and a 1/2-day exam. Tree risk assessment is used to evaluate the likelihood of tree failure under normal conditions, and the likely consequences of such a failure. Homeowners, property managers and urban foresters can benefit from tree risk assessment if they are concerned that a tree has potential to damage property of any sort (structures, cars, other trees), or cause personal injury. Give us a call if you have a tree that you are concerned about. We can help you determine the risk and provide mitigation options.