TREErific Q & A Written by a couple TREErific members for AMGA
Q: I am concerned about my trees and the weight of all the snow we have been getting. Is there anything I can do about it From: Louise D.
A: This winter in South Central Alaska is shaping up to be one for the record books. Last month's question highlighted an important point about snow storage and deicing salt. As we dig out from each storm and the snow piles up in the yard and covers our landscape, it is also piling up on our roofs. When removing the snow from the roof, be aware of the location of your plants and trees, and avoid letting snow and ice fall on them. As the snow falls it can break the delicate branches of small trees and shrubs. On another note, the larger and more established trees in your landscape, especially the native varieties, are more adapted to the winter conditions and can deal with the weight of snow. As the snow accumulates on the branches, it sloughs off. This hasn t been a problem lately since the snow we have been receiving has had a low water content and therefore very light. However, if the mercury rises above freezing, and we get a wet snow, or even worse an ice storm, the snow may stick to the branches and increase the potential for branch failure. If you are concerned about your more fragile trees, gently brush it off with a broom, or other utensil taking care not to break any branches. This also stresses the importance of regular maintenance, which can greatly increase the longevity of your trees, and reduce the potential for branch failure under snow and wind load. Depending on the age and condition of your trees, you should consider having an arborist inspect them every three to five years. For the older and mature trees, they should be inspected more frequently to make sure that they are structurally sound. A good arborist will give a thorough evaluation of your trees, keeping an eye out for weak or broken branches and other structural defects and can correct any problems, or provide you with recommendations for treatments. For a list of certified arborist in Alaska, visit: http://www.isa-arbor.com/findArborist/ findarborist.aspx.
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