Unless a tree has become a hazard and needs to be taken down right away, you may want to remove a sick, dying, or out-of-place tree during the winter. Santa Barbara’s winters may be mild, but trees still go dormant, and it’s still easier and less expensive to remove them. Here are some reasons why winter is the best time for tree removal.
The Arborist Can See Better
Deciduous trees shed their leaves in winter, so it’s easy for the arborists to see into the tree and check for damage, disease, or decay. This can affect the way the tree is taken down. It’s also easier for the arborist to move around and up the tree as they take it down.
Damage to the Ground Is Minimal
The cold and dry air of winter hardens the ground, and when the tree and its heavy branches fall, the damage to the ground is minimal. Also, if you have perennial plants in the area, they will have died back and won’t be damaged either.
You Can Get Ahead of Winter Storms
Taking down a tree early in winter gets ahead of storms that can break off sick or weakened branches. These branches can damage your home, your neighbor’s home, electrical wires, and other structures. They can even hurt people and pets in the vicinity. Removing dangerous trees removes the risk of such calamities.
Tree Diseases Are Less Likely to Spread
Like the trees, most pathogens and pests are dormant during the winter months. Because of this, removing sick trees lowers the risks of diseases and damage spreading.
Trees Are Easier to Remove Overall
When the tree is dormant, it produces less sap and doesn’t contain as much water as it does during the growing season. Because of this, the tree is lighter, so it’s easier and safer to take down.
It’s the Tree Service’s Slow Time
As with other service professionals, winter is usually a slow time for arborists. This means that it should be easy to schedule a service, and you may even be able to get a discount that’s not available in the warmer months.
Call Us to Learn More About Tree Removal
Since 1986, our team, including our ISA-certified arborist, has served our customers in the Santa Barbara area. Trees are one of the many things that make the area beautiful, and we are dedicated to the health, safety, and beauty of our customer’s trees. In addition to tree removal, our services include stump grinding, trimming and pruning, emergency tree care, cabling and bracing, and storm prep and cleanup. We are proud to serve both commercial and residential customers. Give us a call at Economy Tree today to set up an appointment.