In less than two weeks the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, will climb out of his burrow and predict the weather for the rest of the winter season. Will there be six more weeks of cold or will the flowers of spring blossom early? We will find out the groundhog’s prediction soon enough, but one thing is for sure — Mother Nature can be a fickle woman to Middle Tennessee. One day it can be sunny and warm, and the next it’s sleeting rain. It’s never too late to prepare your landscape and trees for possible weather damage — and the Parke Company is just the company to help you.
1. Don’t procrastinate. Before another drastic and damaging storm hits — have your trees seen about to make sure they’re stable and secure.
- If there are any dead or dying branches, have them removed immediately. These dying parts in the tree canopies, also called deadwood, need to be removed immediately before a storm hits. This is not only safe for the tree — but also you and your property.
- Make any necessary improvements and/or repairs. This means any necessary cabling or bolting to the joints of trees. If branches are weak and need structural support, these services would be a great asset to ensure the prosperity of your tree.
2. Plan for the future. Anything can happen. Make sure your trees are ready for the unexpected and make sure you’re armed with the right knowledge and tools to do so.
- Erratic weather can seriously confuse plants. A few days of warm weather can cause trees wake from dormancy and bud early. If followed by freezing conditions, biological problems can be severe. The Parke Company can arm you with ways to help protect your plants and how to look for these issues as they appear.
- If you plan to transplant any trees, it’s a good idea to do so during the tree’s winter dormancy. The risk of damaging your tree is much higher during the spring and summer because new growth begins, including growing roots.
- Plant health care is a great way to plan for spring. The Parke Company implements a health care program that not helps protect trees against disease and insect infestation, but also assess proper fertilization and water conditions for healthy, beautiful trees.
The best tool you have in your belt is making sure you plan ahead for the unexpected. Although you may not always be able to count on the weather, you can always count on The Parke Company to guide you through any future planning for your landscape and trees. Contact us today for a free estimate!