Category Archives: Tree Care

Can You Remove Tress in the Winter?

Can You Remove Tress in the Winter?

Tree Care in WinterWinter begins on Friday, December 21, and ends on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. And what does winter bring? Cold, cold temperatures, along with ice, sleet and snow. Meanwhile, things freeze and thaw in cycles over the course of the next few months. Is the winter season a good time to work on and/or remove trees in your yard? Surprisingly, yes!

Tree Health and Winter Dormancy

A company like Big Foot Tree Service stays busy each winter because trees are dormant during the winter season. Dormancy is a fine time to prune trees and do general branch maintenance. During the winter dormancy stage, there are fewer diseases that could/would enter open wounds in the bark. Also, during the winter, there aren’t landscaping companies or Spring clean-up crews “in the way.” The ground is frozen which minimizes yard damage. Leaves aren’t on trees, so the workload is lighter. Finally, chainsaw work can be done in the winter, and the noise isn’t as bothersome to neighbors as it can be in the summer. After all, they’re huddled inside and can’t hear it, whereas in the summer people are outside most of the time and often annoyed by chainsaw noises when they’re trying to have a picnic or play in their pool.

Removing Trees in Winter

Winter storms can mess with trees in such a way that they might need immediate removal. Big Foot Tree Service doesn’t let snow stop them from removing trees! A broken tree is a hazard anytime of the year, including winter when snow is on the ground. If it needs to be removed so it doesn’t hurt people or property, it can be removed in December, January, February or March.

What are some things to look for to know if a tree needs removal? Here are some questions to consider: Do you see any vertical cracks in it? Is there rot at the base? Do you see fungus growing there? Has the tree been dangerously leaning to one side? Are branches too close to power lines?

If there’s a tree in your yard that’s causing you to worry, don’t hesitate to call Big Foot Tree Service at 973-885-8000 for a fast response. Big Foot Tree Service covers a lot of New Jersey, including Butler, Caldwell, Fairfield, Montville, Pompton Lakes, and Wanaque.

Why Tree Topping is a Bad Idea

Why Tree Topping is a Bad Idea

There’s something happening lately that baffles professional tree companies… and that’s the practice of “tree topping.” It’s a damaging tree pruning practice that’s “no bueno.” Yet some companies think it’s fine. They **think** cutting off the tops of trees will help stimulate tree growth, while also managing the size of the tree. While it may… Continue Reading

A Tree Care Checklist for the Fall

A Tree Care Checklist for the Fall

As autumn approaches, you know what that means: temperatures will get colder and leaves will fall off trees. As we move into the winter months, autumn is a good time to pay attention to the trees in your yard and on your property. What are some ways to prep your beloved trees for colder weather… Continue Reading

Keep These Things in Mind When Mulching Around Your Trees

Keep These Things in Mind When Mulching Around Your Trees

It’s that time of year, again… time to mulch around trees. Oftentimes, you see landscaping companies dumping foot-tall mounds of mulch around trees– well that’s not good, because it suffocates the tree(s). Ideally, a 2”-to-3” layer of mulch works best. It should extend far enough to reach out to a tree’s “drip line,” which is… Continue Reading

Why You Should Avoid Planting Trees in the Summer

Why You Should Avoid Planting Trees in the Summer

In New Jersey, July and August are typically the hottest months of the year. Indeed, summertime is hot! Do most landscaping companies plant trees during the summer months? Nope. They tend to plant trees in spring and fall when the weather is cooler. Trees, like people, don’t love extremely hot temperatures. If and when you… Continue Reading