Winter tree care tips:

Evaluate trees for weaknesses that can be susceptible to winter weather.

  • Have a “no cost” inspection of your landscape by one of our Certified Arborists which is effective in the winter as well as the growing season.
  • Remove fallen leaves from beneath disease susceptible trees and shrubs (dogwoods, crabapples)
  • Prune disease infected limbs when dormant, eliminating further infection, sterilize pruning tools regardless between pruning cuts (fire blight, Dutch elm disease).
  • Contain heavy ends on limbs too long to support snow and ice loads.
  • Protect plants susceptible to winter injury with anti-desiccants or cover with a breathable burlap type material.
  • Install temporary or permanent rope, cable or twine in plants (multi-stem) susceptible to snow and ice loads (do not forget to remove temporary support in the spring).
  • Prune, contain or rejuvenate high profile, overgrown plants in late winter so plants will recover quickly in spring with new growth. This will also minimize the negative aesthetic
  • issues that can be associated with rejuvenating plants.
  • Consider working on trees with limited access during the growing season to save time and money.
  • Plan your landscape needs before the spring “rush” insuring the best service and the best plant material if you will be installing plants.
  • Check Deer susceptible plants for evidence of grazing. Thinning of plants foliage 5 ft and below (deer head height) or roppings near preferred plants. Treat with materials that effect plants taste.

To have a certified arborist evaluate your trees or shrubs, call the tree care experts at Tree Tech. We’ve been providing residential and commercial tree services in MA & RI, year round since 1986. Visit for more information or call 888-873-3832 for site visit today.


  • Mia Boyd

    Thanks for the information. I really wish I had followed these tips last summer, seeing as winter pretty much destroyed my trees. Maybe they can be saved! I bet if I hire a tree service, they could work their magic. I’ll schedule an appointment this week.

    • Laila Keirstead

      I have had a few winters like that and it is never fun to cleanup. We got hit with a pretty bad ice storm this past winter and it froze the majority of the limbs. I woke up with about half of my tree on the ground. It looks like the tree will survive, but if we would have trimmed the tree, I don’t think we would have had this issue.

      • santa rosa tree care

        Yes Laila! One should trim their trees one or twice in a year so as to protect them from such situations. Tree care is very necessary if you have a bunch of trees at your place. Just planting them is not enough, it needs a proper care. You can consult a tree care professional who can guide from time to time on how to take care of your trees.

  • Deanna R. Jones

    Thanks for the information! My trees didn’t survive the winter, so these tips will help me know how to take better care of the new trees that I’m planting this year. I really liked the first tip to hire a “no cost” inspection of my yard by a certified tree service. I’ve always thought that inspections cost money, so that’s why I never asked someone to take a look at my yard. It seems like a good idea to ask different arborists if they offer free inspections of my property so that I can get an idea of how healthy my plants and trees are.

  • Ethel

    Working on trees that are harder to access before it snows is a really good idea, thanks for mentioning that! Now that I have a yard full of trees, I didn’t know where to start. I will use these tips to make sure the plants survive the winter!

  • Annie Marks

    I am glad to know that pruning your trees during the winter is actually the best season for the tree’s health. I am glad to know that removing the diseased parts of your tree is very help to the tree regaining its strength. I really like your idea of installing a rope to help support the trees in the heavy snow or ice. Thank you for sharing your helpful winter tips, I’ll have to be to test them out and help my trees stay strong!


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