With winter ending, it’s that time of year where we’re all out in our yards and out & about on our properties here in Ottawa and the National Capital Region.

As you inspect the trees on your property, you may have observed that winter took its toll on one or more of your trees. Indeed, Ottawa winters are known to do their fair share of damage to trees, and when everything finally melts and thaws out in the (merciful) spring, tree damage becomes apparent.

Let’s take a look at the different facets of tree damage and degradation from Ottawa winters, and what you can do about it.

Winter Die-Off or Die-Back of Trees in Ottawa

tree has fallen in winterIt’s an unfortunate fact of nature that not everything in the great outdoors is going to make it through our notoriously harsh Ottawa winters. That’s especially true for trees & shrubbery, etc.

The lighter matters of trees in the winter

To start with, winter desiccation is a common occurrence. This phenomenon happens when we see a wintry mix of dry air, bitter winds and a lack of water supply. The trees start to dehydrate.

The good news here is that, as March goes out like a lamb, April showers bring May flowers. For trees that means a vital replenishing of water, a rehydration that fosters tree growth. Soon enough you’ll see the leaves budding and those trees will likely enjoy a robust spring and summer, assuming favourable weather conditions prevail.

Now for the heavier winter tree issues

tree limb brokenSometimes big tree branches, whole tree sections or even an entire tree can get taken down due to the weight of ice and snow. You may have witnessed this tree damage earlier in the winter, or just now are seeing how bad it is.

In many other cases, you might notice that a tree limb has broken or fallen to the ground; or that a limb or cluster of branches has suffered a freeze that is irretrievable. This is not to say that tree removal is the immediate answer, but it does warrant a more thorough and professional inspection.

Call on an Arborist in Ottawa

arborist cuts treeIf your property has damaged or dead trees in Ottawa, your best bet is to contact a Certified Arborist.

At Croft Tree Experts, we’ve been inspecting, repairing and removing trees in Ottawa for many years.

We’ll happily come out to your property to inspect the trees and provide a free, no-obligation quote for our tree services.

Our goal is to save and mend a tree whenever possible. This often involves pruning back the dead and dying portions of the tree to foster good growth this spring, summer and beyond.

In some cases, the tree is either already dead or has suffered damage or degradation to the point where the only option is to fell and remove the tree.

Our certified arborists have the experience and insight to know which situations call for which measures. We want to be your partner in healthy trees for your home or commercial property.

Contact us today to set up an appointment for a free quote.