Snowy Timber - Is Winter Tree Removal Safe?

Tree removal occurs year-round. There are a lot of good reasons to remove trees in the winter, but you should always be careful; there are some notable drawbacks, as well.

Winter Tree Removal Drawbacks

It's best to understand the drawbacks of winter tree removal before contemplating the benefits. If any of these factors are present, tree removal must wait until the weather changes to be completed. Consider the drawbacks of winter tree removal:

  • Weather Might Not Permit: Winter is a time of windy, snowy days. Planning a "perfect" day to cut down a tree is a challenging task. If you are working during a windy day, it's harder to control where and when a tree falls. Even if snowfall is light, it limits visibility. Following a snowfall, the weight of fresh snow plays a factor in how the tree falls as well.
  • Unfinished Projects are a Hazard: If your project will take a few days to complete, it's best to wait until it warms up. You don't want to make some major cuts into the tree, then have to stop work for stormy weather. In the few days before you can complete the project, the weakened tree could blow over, causing extensive home and lawn damage.
  • Stump Removal Must Wait: Removing roots and stumps of trees is nearly impossible in the wintertime. First, you have to dig through the snow to find all the roots. After that, you have to remove a stump from frozen ground. This is a project that keeps until spring or summer when the ground is softer and roots are easily visible.

Winter Tree Removal Benefits

If none of the above impediments are present, winter tree removal might actually be the best option for you. There are many benefits to removing trees during the colder months, including:

  • Less Obstacles: As long as the weather is clear, there are less obstacles in the way of tree removal during the winter. This is due both to the trees being bare of leaves and fewer people outside who might get in the way of falling branches.
  • Less Risk of Property Damage: There is less risk of property damage because the ground is hardened, making it less likely that a tree will make gouges in your yard. The added layers of snow also soften the fall of limbs and branches, increasing your ground's protection.
  • Easier Equipment Usage: It is easier to maneuver equipment over frozen ground as opposed to the soft, often muddy ground found in spring and summer.

There are definite benefits to removing trees in the winter versus the summer. However, make sure you consider the drawbacks before starting any project. For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Bieniek Tree Service or a similar company.