Chicago and the surrounding suburbs are no strangers to freezing winters. As the snow starts to fall on your home or business, it’s important to keep an eye on the health of your trees. The cold winter weather can leave your trees feeling stressed, which can result in a number of costly issues down the line.

At J&S Tree Service, our arborists understand the various challenges of Midwest winters, and we can help ensure your yard or landscape is properly taken care of this winter. From tree pruning to tree removal and tree trimming, we can handle all of your commercial and residential tree service needs.

In this blog, we’re going to discuss some winter tree care tips, so you can ensure your trees are in good health this winter.

Tree Cold Stress

Did you know that trees can become stressed from the cold and frigid winter weather? Cold stress can take a variety of forms, and usually occurs when a mature tree experiences a rapid change in temperature between the daytime heat and the night-time drop. The stress can often be seen on the outer bark and inner wood of the tree, appearing in the form of cracks (due to frost).

Winter Drought

Some trees in Illinois, including evergreen trees, are susceptible to drying out during the winter months. In order for a tree to experience drought, it must lose more water than it can absorb from the frozen ground. Windy conditions can also worsen this condition (sorry Chicagoans!)

Broken Branches

The weight of snow and hail can lead to broken tree branches, causing a safety hazard for you and your family. Tree branches are very vulnerable to breakage in the winter, especially for deciduous trees, or trees that shed their leaves annually. These kinds of trees can become extra brittle in the winter, but with proper tree maintenance from J&S Tree Service, you can take a proactive approach against this winter hazard.

Rodent Infestation

As winter approaches, rodents, such as rabbits and mice, will begin to forage for food. As food becomes scarce outside, these critters will have no problem chewing the bark on your trees, damaging them during the vulnerable winter months.

Structural Pruning

If you have younger trees on your property, you may want to hire a professional tree service to come and structurally prune your trees. This pruning method involves the removal of diseased branches, crossing branches, and more. While one diseased branch may not seem like a major issue right away, if you leave the branch on the tree, it will become larger and infect more branches over time.

J&S Tree Service: Your Chicagoland Tree Experts

If you live in the Chicagoland area and you’re in need of a professional tree service company, look no further than J&S Tree Service. We strive to go above and beyond each of our client’s expectations, and our arborists have the skills and experience to get the job done right. Interested in learning more about our tree services? Contact us today!