Winter Tree Dormancy Explained

Fun fact: trees hibernate

Tree dormancyTrees enter hibernation much the same way bears do. This is known as tree dormancy. With winter in full swing, the tree in your yard has probably already entered a state of dormancy. We’ll explain this natural process and some tree maintenance you can do to care for it while it’s “asleep.”

Tree Dormancy: How It Works

Some animals survive in the winter by moving more often and consuming more food. Others, such as bears, bats, skunks, and snakes, enter hibernation to conserve energy by slowing their metabolism. Trees hibernate for the same reason and in a similar way. This explains why some trees (mostly the deciduous variety) lose all their leaves—leaves require energy to maintain.

How to Care for a Dormant Tree

Root development still occurs during winter. This is why you should provide mulching at the base of the tree to insulate the soil. Winter is also the ideal time for pruning. This prevents the spread of certain tree diseases. It also prevents excess snow accumulation, which can harm the integrity of the tree’s structure.

Pruning in winter is also ideal since the soil is firmer. This prevents soil compaction. It also minimizes the possibility that heavy foot traffic will disrupt the soil. Pruning work should be done by professional service providers. A seasoned arborist can identify dead or dying limbs.

If branches have been damaged by recent storms or heavy weather, you may need to engage an emergency tree service to remove these damaged branches.

Let Us Handle the Winter Tree Work

Trees require just as much work when they’re hibernating. Now is the time to contact Pro-Cut Tree Service for maintenance work such as mulching and pruning. We can also remove trees or stumps that have an unsightly appearance. In any case, dormant trees require your involvement for healthy growth.

Winter Care for Dormant Trees

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