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When I first bought a new house, I realized that the front trees were a little overgrown. I was worried about a branch breaking in the wind and smashing into a window or the roof, and so I decided to invest in professional tree service. When the arborist came, he had more concerns than just a few overgrown branches. Apparently, a few of my trees had also developed serious pest infestations, and I was worried about what it might mean for their health. He carefully trimmed each tree to ward off disease, and within a few weeks, they were looking a lot better. This blog explains how a professional tree trimmer could help you, so that you aren't left with dying trees.


Keeping Your Trees Healthy

Six Trees That Can Create Winter Weather Hazards

Joshua Mercier

If you've got a lot of large, expansive trees on your property and you live in an area with a cold climate, you need to be aware of the fact that trees can become hazardous when they're exposed to freezing conditions. 

Winter weather is just around the corner. It's important that property owners are familiar with the cold weather hazards created by the following six common tree types: 

Honey locust trees

The honey locust is known for its susceptibility to mimosa webworm infestations. Also, honey locust borers, leafhoppers, and mites are known for infesting this type of tree.

Cold weather leaves honey locust tress susceptible to infestation because it allows moisture to penetrate the tree due to freeze-thaw damage. Exposure to moisture is a significant factor in the development of infestations by insects and other types of pest. 

Ginkgo biloba

When exposed to extremely cold weather, ginkgo biloba trees often develop a rotten egg smell. This is not necessarily a safety hazard, but it creates an unattractive nuisance in a homeowner's yard.

Another winter weather problem that arises with the ginkgo biloba is caused by the acid-covered seeds of female trees. These seeds can be poisonous to animals and young children. It's a good idea to avoid keeping ginkgo biloba trees if you're in an area that will be exposed to cold weather. 

Cottonwood trees

The roots of the cottonwood are likely to cause cracks and crevices to form on sidewalks and patios when exposed to cold weather. The seeds of the cottonwood can also get into radiators and cause them to malfunction. 

Sweet gum

The sweet gum tree develops hard and spiky sweet gum balls that are known for their potential to cause trip and fall injuries to humans and pets. 

Weeping willows

Cold weather leaves the weeping willow susceptible to developing cracks that could detract from the tree's appearance and compromise the tree's structural integrity. Weakened structural integrity can make it more likely that branches will fall off in the wintertime and cause injury to people and damage to property.

Also, a weeping willow tree is likely to develop an infestation from gypsy moths or borers if it is located in an area that's exposed to severe winter weather. 

Black locust trees

The black locust is susceptible to exhibiting weakened wood in cold weather. Weak wood can make it more likely that branches will snap off and fall down during the wintertime.

For professional help, contact a company such as Northwest Residential Arborist And Excavating.