Posted: December 14, 2017

Winter in Rochester, MN, is the time of year where many homeowners kick back and ignore their lawns for 100 odd days or so. Thanks to heavy snow and bitter temperatures, a large portion of your yard's population settles in to take a little time off as well. Whereas grass and flowers can hide under a blanket of snow and enjoy the dormant months, your favorite trees may not be quite so lucky. Even though the winter may feel like your vacation from lawn work, the tree care professionals at Maier Tree and Lawn want you to know that in your times of tree removal need, we’re available year-round.

Trees are generally dormant in the winter, but unlike the other plant life on your lawn, trees tend to be more exposed to the elements. Even short and squat tree types have to deal with heavy snow, brittle winds, and sheet ice on a good day during the Minnesota winter. Anyone familiar with tree care knows that a little ice and snow shouldn't be enough to knock out your trees for good, but that doesn't mean it never happens.

Even though they generally lose a lot of their vibrant colors and foliage come winter, there are still many signs a tree care novice can look for when considering professional tree removal. If the bark is shedding or cracking, is hollow or dry underneath, or is discolored, you should consult a tree care expert for follow ups. If the branches of your tree have buds that have gone dry, or you're losing branches entirely, your tree may already be too far gone. In each of these cases, a tree care expert will be able to help you decide if a complete tree removal is appropriate.

Because of the numbing temperatures, some homeowners may not consider tree removal at all until spring comes around. In some cases, this may be fine, but for trees in more precarious positions, it may be a bad idea to wait until all the snow melts away. Issues like rot, disease, or pest infestations can pass in the spring much more easily than in the winter as everything comes out of dormancy. If you're not sure if tree removal is right for you, requesting a professional consultation could still save you grief down the line.

If you're a Rochester, MN, resident interested in having a tree evaluated for tree removal, or are interested in more winter tree care tips, call Maier Tree and Lawn at (507) 286-8733 or visit our website here for more information today.

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