Winter is the best time to remove trees. Dead and decaying trees and branches can be extraordinarily hazardous to your property, especially during the winter time. When snow and ice piles on top of branches it adds a significant amount of weight, which can result in falling branches or trees toppling over. Old brittle wood simply cannot hold up to the worst of winter, and that can be a huge danger to your power line, your windows, and even your car. That’s why it’s crucial to take preventative measures to remove damaged trees and branches ahead of time.
Also, because plants are dormant during winter, this is actually a very good time to remove a tree. It’s also much easier to detect structural problems in your trees when leaves aren’t in the way to obstruct the view. Even if you don’t suspect you have any dead or dying foliage, winter is probably a better time to get this work done. There’s nothing worse than having a tree branch damage your beautiful home or property.
It’s a good idea to inspect your trees before winter weather arrives. You should inspect all sides of the tree, up close and from a distance. Check for cracks and peeling bark in the trunk. These kinds of structural defects, usually due to frost or frequent winds, can cause the tree or parts of it to fall. A larger crack is a good indication that the tree will die. You should also use binoculars to take a look at the tree’s crown for dead or broken branches. Sometimes branches are cracked but still attached to your tree, making them particularly susceptible to winter weather damage.