For many Mississippi residents, wintertime can be fraught with frosty roads and freezing temperatures. While this season can be an inconvenience for humans, it can be a more threatening time for the plants that inhabit your landscape. If you have noticed any changes in your trees, contacting a professional arborist may be in order. Mow It Right is your provider of top-notch tree services in DeSoto County. We are experts in the field, delivering all types of operations, from routine tree trimming to emergency tree removal. Mow It Right is your go-to source for any tree service, any time of the year. In the winter, we can do a number of inspections to ensure that no issues are plaguing your forest.

Last time, we looked at a few known issues that can harass your trees and other plants. Today, we’ll continue to cover some environmental dangers that you may have never considered before.

Radial Shakes

Typically referred to as frost cracks, this occurrence stems from the temperature change that occurs from daylong highs to overnight lows. When the sun is shining, the bark on your tree warms up. As the temperatures drop, though, this bark begins to shrink. The thinner the bark, the more problematic this issue can be. When the outside layer shrinks around the warmer inner layer, the resulting pressure can cause vertical cracks along the surface. This typically happens at the base on the side that faces the daylight. While this occurrence only happens during very cold temperatures, the consequences tend to be permanent. Trees that suffer frost cracks will typically continue to reopen and crack each winter. Although not as fatal as other environmental dangers, these cracks can cause structural concerns if enough damage is done.

Structural Overloads

One common problem that can plague trees and their branches is the density of ice and snow. When these stages of water land on your tree, the combined weight can put a lot of stress on branches that are currently lying dormant. Trees with multiple stems are often the most at risk for breaks when weighed down by winter. It’s important to clear off snow after a heavy storm, but it’s even more important to exercise caution in doing so. Residents often do more harm than good when trying to take the pressure off of their trees. If snow is not removed, the collective weight can cause branch failure. An additional risk is having that same snow freeze, creating a collection of stubborn ice. Removing ice from your trees is a damaging maneuver that should be avoided. Otherwise, you might be ordering professional tree removal services in order to clean up the place!

Salt Woes

A common solution to icy roads is the introduction of salt to the pavement. Salt works to lower the freezing point of water, aiding in travel because of less ice present on the roadway and the thawing and disassembly of ice currently residing there. While this is great for commuting to work, the effect it can have on trees is not so positive. Salt spray can cover branches and twigs, causing often-fatal damage there. The higher the concentration of sodium chloride, the more damage that can be present on the contact surface. Salt can also damage the root system. For many homeowners, the only fix for this hazardous situation is to plant tree species that have a higher resistance to salt damage.

Mindful observation and timely action can both help to retain or restore the health of your trees. Hiring professional tree trimmers before the first snowfall can do much to prevent future headaches down the road. Mow It Right offers top-notch tree services to DeSoto County residents. Our trained arborists are experienced in all types of winter issues caused by cold temperatures, salt invasions, and frozen moisture. Contact us now to see how we can keep your trees in prime condition!