Winter is a truly beautiful time in northern California. Not too cold, and not too hot, this is the place to be December to February. But with winter comes high winds and rains. That’s why it’s never too early to think about how to storm-proof your trees for winter.

How to storm-proof trees

Much of the work when storm-proofing tries is done through careful planning when planting. But there’s also work you can do right now to protect your existing trees.

To prevent uprooted trunks and falling branches, here are some effective tips:

  • Consider planting smaller trees: In an area with powerful winter storms, smaller trees are tougher than larger ones. Small trees develop deep and healthy root systems faster than their larger cousins, preventing uprooting in the wind. It’s also easier to prune a small tree to resist the weather. Want to storm-proof your yard? Choose your tries wisely.
  • Allow room for growth: Again, healthy root systems are the key to hardy trees. Space your trees widely and allow them the space they need to become properly fixed in the earth.
  • Use strength in numbers: Planting trees of the same variety within 10 feet of each other will allow their root systems to tangle together, strengthening the entire grove. This is an especially good strategy for White Oak, Hickory, Red Maple, and Birch.
  • Practice prudent pruning: Prune your young deciduous trees with the goal of developing a strong central trunk. If you allow the trunk to grow in two directions, the result will be a less hardy tree. When the tree is young, remove one quarter of any branches that exceed the diameter of the central trunk. Do this once every year thereafter to ensure that the tree grows with a strong structure.
  • Anchor trees with stakes: If a large storm is about to strike and you worry about your trees, place three or four 3-foot stakes in the ground and use twine to secure them to the tree.
  • Wrap young trunks: Protect your younger trees by wrapping the trunks with burlap or row cover and heavy twine in advance of a storm.
  • Keep an eye on the weather: Even if you have trees that have grown in a way that makes them vulnerable to storms, you can still protect them by preparing for any storms that may come your way. Watch the weather and think ahead.

Storms aren’t just deadly to trees

Fallen trees can threaten your house and your property. By preparing ahead of time, you can minimize that risk. And if worst comes to worst, storms can actually be beneficial – they clear out weaker plants and make way for new growth.

Ready to prepare for the 2018 storm season? Contact A-1 Tree Service & Stump Removal. Our team of professional arborists can highlight risks and provide solutions. Call at 530-221-9427 for help.