Hopefully, we have seen the last of the snow until December and according to the calendar, we are officially in the spring season. If you haven’t done so already, now is a good time to get outdoors, walk the property, and take an inventory of the health of your trees that may have suffered from winter damage.
Those closer to the road may have salt damage where de-icing materials have seeped into the soil. The two most commonly applied de-icing salts are sodium chloride (rock salt) and calcium chloride.Although calcium chloride is a better material for melting ice, sodium chloride is used most extensively since it is less expensive and easier to handle. Unfortunately, sodium chloride is also more damaging to vegetation than calcium chloride and late March de-icing is more damaging than deicing earlier in the season. Roadside trees are also susceptible to airborne salt spray or trunk damage from road plows. How can you tell if your trees have been damaged? If they are brown or orange in color (scorched) along the edge of the road, but appear normal in color elsewhere.
Broken branches and weakened crotches due to ice, heavy snow, and winds are other concerns in early spring. Trees have not yet began budding or blooming, and it’s relatively easier to see where there may be hangers or areas needing to be pruned or removed completely.
So get outside, enjoy the fresh air and the newness of the season. Take a good look at the trees on your property, and then call the professionals at Smoothie’s Tree Service for a FREE tree evaluation and estimate.