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Getting ready for Spring

As Winter is about to close for another season, we are gearing up for Spring here in Northern Indiana.    Many people don’t realize the importance of getting your trees ready for Spring.    That’s right, the lively hood and overall health of your tree depends on how you take care of them over the years.

First of all, we highly recommend removing all of the old leaves left on the ground from last fall.   This will allow your trees to breathe better and allow moisture to get into the root system during our upcoming Spring rains.    Ironically we’ll then recommend you put mulch around your trees to help keep them moist.   The big difference in leaves and mulch is that mulch will help absorb the water and let the water through which allows it to get to your trees root system.   The leaves will prevent the water from soaking through, thus keeping your trees thirsty.

We at Gary Tree Services also recommend you looking for discoloration in your tree bark and for other mold issues.   This could be the start of disease that if not taken care of, will result in an unhealthy tree, which in turn will shorten the life.    You will also want to look for rotted areas of your tree and again, that is a bad sign.

If you would like for our Arborist to come out to your home or business to inspect your trees, please give us a call at 219.951.4524.   We are here to help and will let you know if the tree or trees need trimmed or removed.   We would prefer to save your tree if possible as we hate to see a piece of natures beauty removed.   Give Gary Tree Services a call at 219.951.4524 or fill out the form below and we’ll get with you about setting up an appointment.    

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Tree Survival in the Winter

Many have asked how trees can survive the harsh winters we have here in Northern Indiana.     I’ll look to answer that question in this post.   If you have any further questions, please fill out the form below and I’ll try to dig deeper and get your question answered.


There is no doubt that the harsh Northern Indiana winters place a great deal of stress on our trees.    Not only is it extremely cold, but there is a lack of one of the most important ingredients to tree health, and that is water.   Sure, when the snow melts, water becomes prevalent, however with the extreme cold that we often have locally, it can be quite a long time before the snow melts to water, or does it?

There are 3 potential resources for water that is available for a tree to survive.   They are the internal tree reservoirs, the soil and the subnivean.     The subnivean is area below the snow.   Here in northern Indiana the soil gets very cold but for the most part stays unfrozen for most of the winter.   The snow acts as a blanket and keeps the ground from completely freezing.    That allows the soil to remain moist, thus giving the tree a drink when needed.

Studies have shown that trees become dormant in the wintertime so they can survive.   The beginning of dormancy begins in the fall when the trees lose their leaves.   This takes place as the tree will no longer need the leaves since it won’t be producing food for itself, thus shedding the leaves to limit energy consumption.   When its time for a tree to lose its leaves, it creates a chemical called ABA (Abscisic Acid) which essentially kills the buds and eventually allowing the leaf to fall from the tree.   This process only occurs in deciduous trees.

ABA also suspends growth, which keeps the cells from dividing.   In dormancy, the tree does not grow therefore doesn’t need the energy that’s required in the spring when growth returns.   The trees metabolism also slows down during the winter months and slowing uses food that it has stored.

Other concerns in the winter time for trees here in Northern Indiana is heavy snow and ice.   Trees like Firs and Spruces are flexible and can withstand the weight, but many others simply cannot.   We encourage everyone to keep their trees trimmed and highly recommend getting a Winter Tree Pruning done as this will help the overall health and structure of the tree.

Winter is a challenging time for all living things, including trees.

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