RALEIGH, N.C. — Take these easy steps to prevent ice storm damage to trees. A little effort now can prevent significant damage and expense while improving the health and structure of the tree.
- Protect the trunk of trees from damage.
- Excavate root collars if they are buried in soil or mulch.
- Remove dead and declining twigs and branches.
- Properly prune branches to prevent breakage from ice or snow.
- Spread a 2- to 3-inch layer of composted organic mulch over an area at least as large as the branch spread to protect roots from mower damage and cold.
- If the soil is compacted or poorly drained, aerate while minimizing damage to tree roots.
- Fertilize as recommended on your soil test report.
Trees make a significant contribution to your home’s value. With a minimal amount of preventive care, you can protect that investment.
—Steve Pettis, N.C. State University