Useful Winter Tree Care Tips

Protect Your Trees From The Cold

It may come as a surprise, but late fall or winter is actually a wonderful time to add tree care to your to-do list. Even though so many homeowners make spring and summer their go-to for gardening and lawn care, trees and shrubs need special attention when their leaves start changing color and the weather starts getting colder. And with intense Oregon winters and wind storms, it’s also a great time to remove any trees or dead branches that could pose a threat to your home or vehicles. If there are dead trees or branches that may fall during a storm, then it’s best to remove them. At Dr. Trees Redmond, we have seasoned professionals ready for any sort of tree service you may need.

We have been providing the Oregon area with expert tree trimming and removal services since the early 2010s and we know what it takes to ensure that your trees are healthy and will look even better when spring rolls around. Winter tree services take an experienced eye and the right equipment to get everything done right, so give our team a call day if you have any trees that need some maintenance. If you have smaller trees that you can safely handle on your own, here are a few winter tips.

Why Is Tree Trimming In The Winter Important?

  • First, it’s a simple reason of being able to see and access the branches easier because the leaves have fallen. When we have a clear sense of the structure and health of the tree, we can decide which branches need to go or how far back they need to be trimmed. Tree trimming equipment is also easier to use when operators don’t need to climb through the thick foliage.
  • The most significant reason why pruning should be done in the winter is that the trees are dormant. If trees are pruned during the spring or summer when they’re growing, it can prevent them from growing as much as they could. Pruning in the winter will enhance the tree’s growth in the spring.
  • The last reason why trimming should occur in the winter is because some diseases spread easily during the spring and summer. There is a much lower risk of spreading disease in the winter.

How To Protect Trees From Freezing


Mulch can be used for younger trees that no longer need to be covered, but still need some additional protection from the cold weather. Store-bought mulch is great, but any organic material like wood chips or shreddings and tree leaves can work. Create a circle around the base of the tree three to five inches thick and about two feet from the base in every direction.


Even though winters in Oregon are definitely wet from snow, it’s still a good idea to keep an eye on how much rainwater trees are getting, especially the younger trees. If there is an extended period of time when it doesn’t rain or snow, give young trees a good drink of about 10 to 15 gallons of water. For mature trees, the amount of water it needs will depend on how wide the trunk of the tree is. If you have any questions about watering trees during the winter, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Trees Redmond.




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