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A simple guide for homeowners on how to care for trees damaged by snow and ice

Jul 24

Winter snow and ice may wreak havoc on trees and other landscaping surrounding your property. Every winter in the northeast of CT, we see broken branches, trees that have split, leaning trees, and occasionally fallen trees. Your trees can recover in spring, although you can't control the weather.


How do you bring back plants after the cold winter?

Here are some suggestions by Tree Service CT professionals for assessing tree damage and cleaning up after the winter:


Post-Snowstorm, be sure to check for dangerous SIGNS FIRST.


If you notice fallen electrical wires, don't touch them! If you notice any, do not contact your utility company. Power lines damaged or fallen or tree branches that have become entangled should be addressed promptly following a storm.


Then, check for tree limbs damaged by decay that extend over your house, driveway, other structures, or locations frequented by people. This safety concern should be taken care of by tree maintenance CT.


In the event of an emergency that is not life-threatening, you can contact your municipality's public works department to report any obstructions or trees that block roads and pathways.


Check your trees for Damage.


Check your trees following a winter storm, heavy snowfall, or freezing rain. The inspection should be conducted during winter to ensure that your trees are safe and ready for spring. With the additional pressure of spring foliage, any structural issues in your trees will likely become more apparent (potentially risky).


What to do after the winter storm?


  • Swaying limb (these can fall at any moment, so stay well clear of any trees with hanging branches)
  • Broken
  • Snarl
  • Branch and snow-bending trees and branches
  • Split trees (common in Bradford Multi-stemmed Trees and pears)
  • Any signs of a tree drooping or a tree leaning
  • Leader shattered, or (the main upward branch)
  • Cabling that is damaged (these are difficult to identify without a closer examination).
  • Cracked or broken limbs (these may not be visible when viewed from the ground).
  • Invisible damage (like fallen limbs cluttering your lawn) could be possible. There is likely hidden harm if you see winter storm damage to your trees. That's why a professional tree service CT company should be considered.




Salt might have been applied to trees near roads. The salt that melts from snow will cause soil erosion and expose trees in the vicinity of snow-covered sidewalks or driveways.


The defense mechanisms protecting trees from damage caused by salt aren't working. Be aware of signs of damage from salt in the spring and during the growing season. The damage may not be apparent until later.


Winter salt damage symptoms include:


  • Dying evergreen leaves and needles
  • In the winter, it is the most common on trees that get salt spray from nearby roads. The leaves and needles of trees disappear, and branches become unattractive.
  • Decaying branches and twigs are evidence of salt damage in deciduous trees.
  • Salt damage is a typical phenomenon in the northeast of CT during winter. There are ways to protect your trees, shrubs, and perennials.


Learn how to shield trees from salt damage.



The tree should be assessed for health and damage from storms. The fast-growing shade trees such as elms and silver maples, birches, and willows are brittle trees that are easily fractured. Crotch unions with a weaker crotch can readily split like those on Bradford pears.


Often, severely damaged trees have extensive decay and rot that a homeowner cannot notice. It's much easier and less costly to address a tree before it gets damaged rather than fix or remove it after.



The damage to trees may be hidden from the ground, but it's not the only way to see. The winter storms could split or break limbs within the treetops, creating a risk for wind-driven storms returning.


Do not climb on a ladder while using a chainsaw or other equipment. Hire a local and trustworthy tree service CT. That's where Spear Bro's Tree Care Service comes in. Spear Bro's Tree Care Service is a locally-owned CT company that provides low-cost and efficient tree removal stump grinding, trimming, and pruning services. Our customers are delighted with our simple approach and top-quality work. Spear Bros Tree Service can help remove trees from Connecticut, regardless of whether you need them for one tree or commercial or residential projects. Call now for a free estimate.



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1495 Wolcott Road, Wolcott, CT, 06716