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Trimming Your Trees in The Winter

Taking care of your trees year-round is vital for their health. When the harsh cold weather and snow hit New England, it can be damaging to your yard and plantings. Take the proper precautions to keep your trees happy and healthy! Here are some reasons you should trim your trees in the winter:

Trees Are Dormant

In the colder months, trees tend not to grow as they do in the spring in summer. Trimming your trees in the colder months will have your trees better equipped to handle the stress of being cut at. Trimming them in the cold will also help them grow better when the warm weather comes back around.

No Need to Worry About Foliage

When you trim trees in the winter, you won’t need to worry about foliage getting in the way. You are able to see the branches clearly and get a good view of what the tree looks like trimmed. You’ll be less likely to make a mistake cutting the branches when there are no obstructions!

Preventing Falling Tree Limbs

Snow can easily cause branches and limbs to sag and break off the tree. This is why early winter, such as late November to December, is the prime time to get some winter pruning done. When you have dead limbs or diseased branches, trimming them away before heavy snow weighs them down will save you some time in the future. Falling tree limbs can damage other parts of your tree, so it’s important to eliminate any problem branches while you can. 

Cold Weather Protects Trees

After trimming and pruning your tree in the winter, your tree will be better protected than it would be in the spring or summer. Trimming a tree gives it an open wound where pests can get in and destroy your tree. In the winter, most of these pests are dormant like your tree. You will be less likely to have them making their way to your trees.

Make Sure You Trim The Right Trees

Although trimming many trees in the winter can be beneficial, some trees are not meant to be trimmed around this time. Trees that flower in the spring should not be messed with during the winter months. It can cause the flowers to reduce their bloom size or not bloom at all. Be aware of which trees you are trimming in your yard!

Contact Dudley Tree

Are you looking for any tree trimming or pruning this winter? The tree experts at Dudley Tree are here to assist you with any tree needs! Contact us to learn more about our services or to schedule an estimate. Give us a call today or fill out our online contact form to get in touch!


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Caring For Your Real Christmas Tree

Christmas is right around the corner! Have you gotten your tree yet? Some people wait until the last minute, and that’s okay. Caring for a real Christmas tree can take some time and effort, but it’s all worth it in the end. Smelling the fresh needles and enjoying the natural green color will light up your home. Are you unsure of how to care for one? Here are some tips for caring for your tree:

Choosing Your Tree

When choosing a Christmas tree, there are a few species you can pick from. Fraser firs are typically the most popular amongst real Christmas tree purchases. These trees hold onto their needles very well with their strong branches and have a strong smell. Balsam fir trees have that classic Christmas tree shape, strong scent, and deep color. They are known as the traditional tree. There is also the Blue fir tree. They have a green-blue tint to them. This tree is not as popular as the other two options! Whatever tree you choose, it will look great decorated.

What Do I Need For My Tree?

If you are a first-timer when it comes to getting a real tree, there may be some things you don’t know. You’ll need a tree stand to hold your tree up when you bring it home. You want to get one that can hold over a gallon of water. Christmas trees take in a lot of water, especially right after putting them in your house. 

Bringing Home Your Tree

Once you bring your Christmas tree home, keep it somewhere shielded from wind and harsh weather if you aren’t bringing it inside right away. Place the tree’s trunk in water so that the sap doesn’t dry up over the trunk. When you can bring the tree indoors, place it in the stand, and tighten the sides. 

Watering Your Tree

To keep your tree healthy and lasting long, make sure the tree stand is always filled with water. The sap will form and harden over the stump, making it hard for the tree to absorb water. The tree’s hydration is essential. Your tree will end up absorbing over a gallon of water in the first 24 hours. The needles will end up drying out and falling off the branches, making it challenging to decorate. You want your tree to be vibrant and healthy to celebrate the holidays!

Contact Dudley Tree

Dudley Tree is here for tree removal, pruning, stump grinding, and more! We are ready to help with any of your tree needs. Contact us to get started! Call us today or fill out our contact form to get in touch with our tree experts.


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