Cold Weather Maintenance For Trees (Part 5)

1392802_66663613Issue: Rodents foraging for food can cause damage. Two main culprits: rabbits and squirrels
Solution: Mulch. Bait. Commercial repellent paint.

Winter is coming. This means rodents and other animals will be foraging for food and possibly causing damage to the trees on your property. The two main culprits you will mostly likely face will be rabbits and squirrels.

Squirrels may occasionally damage trees by chewing bark from branches and trunks. In residential areas, squirrels sometimes travel power lines and short out transformers. They gnaw on wires, enter buildings, and build nests in attics. They frequently chew holes through pipelines used in maple syrup production.

Squirrels occasionally damage lawns by burying or searching for and digging up nuts. They will chew bark and clip twigs on ornamental trees or shrubbery planted in yards. Often squirrels take food at feeders intended for birds. Sometimes they chew to enlarge openings of bird houses and then enter to eat nestling songbirds. In gardens, squirrels may eat planted seeds, mature fruits, or grains such as corn.

Now, if you do not feel comfortable or simply don’t have the proper tools to do any tree maintenance, we are more than happy to do any of this work for you. Also, if you have multiple trees to remove or just don’t have the time to do it, we are here for you. We can handle all of your tree maintenance needs and services in the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Richland, Pasco) and even West Richland. We look forward to being your preferred tree maintenance provider.