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How Trees Survive Winter

Have you ever wondered how trees survive winter?  Winter in Westchester County, New York can be brutal; from frigid winds, heavy snowfall and sleet as well as the occasional below-freezing temperature.  Westchester Tree Life explores how trees survive winter!

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DormancyDormant Tree Branch Westchester Tree LifeComparable to hibernation, trees survive winter in a state of dormancy.  A tree begins to prepare for dormancy once it looses its leaves in fall; this excludes conifers, which retain their nettles during winter.  This shedding of foliage is the first step of slowing down the tree’s metabolism, energy consumption and growth.

All About ABA

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ABA or Abscisic acid is produced in the tree’s terminal buds.  Terminal buds can be found at the point where a leaf breaks off before it falls.  Once that happens, ABA gathers where the leaf has broken off; this chemical suspends the tree’s growth and prevents cells from dividing.  Preventing growth is part of a tree’s dormancy process.  This saves energy, as the tree isn’t making any new food for energy and has to conserve the food it has stored.  This limited energy is used sparingly, when needed.

What is Dormant Pruning?

Dormant pruning is a great way to maintain healthy, beautiful trees!  What is dormant pruning?  Dormant pruning is the pruning of a tree during the off-season (fall and winter).

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The Benefits of Pruning

Pruning your tree ensures that all dangerous limbs are removed, which prevents property damage and personal injury.  Fallen Branch Sign Fallen Tree Branch Westchester Tree Life

Removing unnecessary tree branches also influences and encourages tree growth while allowing your tree to maintain it’s proper weight distribution.

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Which tree shape do you like best?

Are you looking to shape your tree into a certain configuration?  Pruning is the answer!

Why Dormant Pruning is Best

Removing limbs is stressful to the tree.  Pruning your tree during it’s dormant season ensures that less sap is loss, and the tree endures less physical stress.

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Trees are also less susceptible to damage from insects and disease during the dormant season.

Only a Little Off the Top

When pruning your trees, we recommend that you only remove what is needed.

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Westchester Tree Life is happy to assist you in dormant pruning!

We highly recommend that you call a professionally certified arborist to properly prune your tree.