Heavy snow accumulation, like we saw this winter, is sure to damage arborvitaes of all ages - whether dumped by Mother Nature or a neighbor’s snow blower. Snow can threaten the health and appeal of your arborvitaes; therefore, you must take the proper measures to repair damaged arborvitaes. It is important to repair your split or damaged arborvitaes early in the spring, to ensure proper growth during the growing season.
Depending on the size of your arborvitaes, some repairs may be made by home owners using household materials. For small arborvitaes that have split branches, it is appropriate to use wire inside a length of garden hose to tie together weak branches - just be sure there is a wide, soft surface against the tree’s bark to prevent damage. An old pair of nylons will work just as well, especially with young arborvitaes. There are also commercial tree tie products capable of serving the same purpose.
For larger arborvitaes, it is recommended that you consult a Certified Arborist for repairs. Large, storm-damaged arborvitaes require extensive cabling and bracing in order to ensure safety and tree health. A Certified Arborist can suggest tree cabling techniques aimed at developing a strong tree structure, which helps prevent future storm damage. To compliment the cabling, a Certified Arborist can also prune your arborvitaes to ensure proper sunlight and air flow, thus improving tree growth and health.
Storm damaged arborvitaes can be an eye-sore in your landscape. Cabling and pruning can not only increase the appeal of your landscape, but also improve the health of your trees and shrubs.
View Carpenter Costin’s cabling services and pruning services to learn more, or request a consultation with a Certified Arborist.