Care and maintenance of trees ensures their health life and minimizes liability. Trees can be damaged by high winds, snow, ice, and other severe weather events. Some damage requires immediate attention, while other damage may be dealt with later.
Winter is a great time to prune trees and make any necessary cuts. Not only is it easier to assess a tree without its leaves, but pruning when insects are not active helps lower the risk of a fungus or disease entering the pruning wound.
For more information on pruning trees, check out the article “Winter is a Great Time to Prune Trees” in the December 2020 issue of the Conservationist, available on DEC’s website, or visit DEC’s tree care webpage.
Photo of Group of white pine trees courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service.