by Leah Allen
A Connecticut winter can be harsh on trees and shrubs, with months of snow and ice suppressing branches and dominating the landscape. Winter 2020? Not so much. However, we have had our fair share of violent wind storms that have caused severe damage to trees and shrubs all over North Stonington.
We’re entering late winter and early spring, the ideal time to prune some (not all) trees and shrubs before any new growth begins. If you see mild damage, you can assess and make the call whether limbs need to be removed, cut back, or supported with a branch sling to let heal. Of course, at any time if there are loose dangling branches overhead, remove them immediately to avoid any injury to passers-by.
Do's and Don'ts
For more pruning techniques and information on select trees and shrubs to be pruned at this time, visit www.ladybug.uconn.edu
Things to keep in mind when looking to hire a tree removal company:
- Look for licensure: A licensed arborist is a trained expert who has a background in arboriculture and can make educated decisions on your property.
- Insurance- DO NOT HIRE ANY COMPANY WITHOUT INSURANCE!!!
- Get an estimate (Expect a day-rate)
- Inquire as to what kind of equipment will be used?
- What precautions, if any, will be taken to avoid damage to your lawn upon using any heavy machinery?
To wrap up, go ahead and start pruning those trees and shrubs at any time. If you can’t, hire trusted licensed arborists who can get the job done safely. Happy pruning!
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