Plant of the Week: Tree Hazards

Winter and early spring are the best times to look for hazards in your trees. Water spouts grow on structural branches, which are weakly attached to main branches and are likely to break under snow load as they mature.

Pruning these off will keep your trees looking tidy and prevent future headaches. Winter is the best time to do this type of work, without the leaves the structure and form of the tree is easier to see. Another hazard to look for is suckers. These are the same as water spouts except they grow from the base of the tree.

How to look for hazards:

If you’re wondering how to check the health of your trees we have created a checklist for you to follow. Use this list to identify any hazards that your tree may have. If you’re having trouble identifying issues, give us a call and one of our qualified account managers will come do a site check for you.

Are you interested in having an account manager assess your trees? Click the request a quote button below or give us a call!

Garrick-Santo Landscape Co.

Garrick-Santo Landscape Co.

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