New England produces some harsh winters and temperatures and while we sit inside next to a warm fire, trees are attacked with rain, ice, snow, frigid temperatures and everything in between. When you sit back and think about it, trees and shrubs are some of the strongest and toughest living things in the world. While made to handle these elements, winter damage can affect your trees.
Here are some common reasons for winter tree damage:
Rapid Temperature Change:
Trees prefer to handle temperatures that slowly drop. Some trees can become stressed by a quick hard freeze. An extended period of mild weather can cause a tree to continue growing, leaving them susceptible to injury if the temperature suddenly drops.
Frozen roots more often then not happen with newly planted trees and only during a freeze that occurs for an extended period of time. Trees effected by frozen roots will decline in health as spring resumes.
In a recent blog about deicing salt we talk about the dangers that icing salt can cause to trees. Salt damage can often go undetected, not appearing until the end of the following summer.
An elongated canker located on the trunk of many thin barked trees is called the “sunscald”. These often occur on the south side of a tree by sudden over exposure to the sun. This exposure to sun can trigger a de-acclimation to the trunk tissue. After time, the truck’s callus tissue eventually falls off resulting in sparse foliage, stem dieback and stunted growth.
Our US Veteran-Owned tree service company proudly serves the Massachusetts communities in Greater Boston, the North Shore and Cape Ann. If a tree is affected by winter damage and starts to die, reach out for any tree removal or tree trimming services. For more information about Kelley Tree Service, please feel free to give us a call at 617-953-5357 or fill out an online contact form.