Like many living things, trees have learned to adapt to the severe conditions that winter can bring. That doesn’t mean they don’t need a little help from us from time to time. There are steps you can take to preserve the health of your trees during the cold winter months in Medina. Practice these tips from Rice’s Tree Service & Landscaping and you can look forward to enjoying beautiful, strong trees in the spring.
Keep Rock Salt Away from Trees
There’s no doubt that winter brings icy conditions and slippery sidewalks. While rock salt is a must for your family’s safety, do your best to keep it away from your property. Any excess salt that makes its way to the trees can enter the soil and cause dehydration. Trees naturally lose moisture during the winter and rock salt can make this condition much worse.
Use Salt that’s Safe for Trees
Instead of using rock salt, stay on the safe side and choose a salt with either calcium chloride or magnesium chloride.
Calcium chloride is effective at melting ice and snow in temperatures as cold as -25 degrees F. As long as you don’t use too much, your plants and trees will not be affected. It can form slippery surfaces on porch steps, sidewalks, and driveways, so you may want to try a small bag before investing in a large amount.
Magnesium chloride is your best choice for keeping trees safe. It can melt ice as cold as -13 degrees F and only requires a small amount to keep your sidewalks and driveway free from ice. Unlike calcium chloride, it will not leave concrete surfaces slippery, but make them safe for everyone to use.
Reliable & Professional Tree Services
If winter storms wreak havoc on your trees, contact us today at (440) 582-7669 for a free quote on our professional tree maintenance services. We can take care of any broken limbs or ice-damaged branches, helping to restore your tree to its optimal health. We also provide other tree and lawn care services like tree removal, tree trimming, landscape maintenance, mulching, and many more.