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As the snow blankets the city of Calgary, our trees face the challenges brought on by the frosty embrace of winter. Open Canopy Tree recognizes the importance of providing proper care to your trees during this season. To help you protect and maintain the health of your trees in the midst of the winter wonderland, we have assembled some essential tips to guide you in safeguarding your trees from the winter's icy grip.

Assessing Snow Load and Branch Damage

After a snowfall, inspect your trees for excessive snow accumulation on branches. Heavy snow can weigh down branches and lead to breakage. Gently shake off excess snow using a broom or your hands, being careful not to cause further damage. Look out for any broken or damaged branches and address them promptly to prevent further harm.

Preventing Salt Damage

With snow often comes the use of de-icing salts on sidewalks and roads. Unfortunately, these salts can harm your trees by drying out the soil and interfering with nutrient absorption. Shield your trees from salt damage by creating physical barriers using burlap or other protective materials. Additionally, consider using alternative de-icing agents that are less harmful to your trees.

Maintaining Proper Hydration

Giving the ground a thorough soak before it freezes and applying a layer of mulch are essential practices for maintaining soil moisture and promoting overall plant health. Adequate soil moisture is crucial, especially in regions with harsh winter conditions, as it helps prevent dehydration of plant roots during the colder months. 

Protecting from Winter Pests

Winter doesn't always deter pests, and some insects can pose a threat to your trees even in the coldest months. Regularly check your trees for signs of pest infestation, such as damaged bark or unusual webbing. Employ preventative measures and consult with our arborists at Open Canopy Tree for effective pest management strategies tailored to your specific tree species.

Considering Professional Tree Care Services

For comprehensive tree care during the winter season, consider seeking professional assistance from Open Canopy Tree. Our experienced arborists can conduct thorough assessments, provide specialized treatments, and offer tailored solutions to ensure the health and longevity of your trees throughout the winter and beyond.

By following these winter tree care tips, you can fortify your trees against the challenges brought on by Calgary's snowy season. Remember that proper care and attention are essential to sustaining the beauty and resilience of your trees, even amidst the frosty landscape. Should you require further guidance or professional assistance, our team is here to provide the expertise and support needed to protect your trees and promote a thriving urban forest in Calgary.