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Winter Storm Yoshi Hits CT’s Trees

Winter Storm Yoshi Hits CT’s Trees

Winter Storm Yoshi was Connecticut’s first ice storm of 2019. Unfortunately, not all of Connecticut’s trees fared well. Trees fell on power lines and homes, wreaking havoc throughout the state and causing injury to Connecticut residents.

Freezing Rain or Sleet?

Living in Connecticut, we are all accustomed to winter weather. However, it’s not usually the snow that causes the most danger in the winter months – it’s the ice.

Freezing rain and sleet are two terms we often hear in weather forecasts, but do you know the difference? They both occur when liquid raindrops fall into a layer of freezing air. However, while sleet freezes before reaching the ground, freezing rain freezes on contact with the surface, thereby creating a layer of ice on whatever it contacts.

Ice Storms and Tree Damage

Winter Storm Yoshi brought its fair share of snow, sleet, and freezing rain to Connecticut. Roads, homes, and tree branches all quickly became coated with a thick layer of ice. While the ice-coated tree branches may make the state look like a picturesque winter wonderland, residents suffering from property damage or personal injury are all too aware of how dangerous trees coated in ice can be.

The weight of a tree branch can increase by more than 30 times with the accumulation of ice. Even larger limbs become susceptible to breakage after 1/2 inch of ice accumulation. While New England trees are adapted to winter weather conditions, some trees fare better than others.

One trait that increases storm vulnerability of a tree is the presence of ‘included bark’. Included bark is in-grown bark that occurs at branch junctures. Many trees fail at this juncture when subject to the weight of ice. For example, the ‘Bradford’ callery pear tree has branches that commonly break where there is included bark at the branch juncture. On the other hand, the ‘Aristocrat’ callery pear does not regularly form included bark patterns and is damaged less during storms.

Prevent Damage with Proper Maintenance

No matter the type of tree or its inherit susceptibility to storm damage, proper tree care throughout the year can prevent damage when a storm hits. If a tree is damaged, decayed or is suffering from weak or severed roots, it is particularly vulnerable to breakage.

Pruning trees regularly makes them more resistant to ice storms. Licensed arborists remove weak branches during the tree trimming process. Additionally, arborists can install cables and braces for additional stabilization of susceptible trees. As the old Benjamin Franklin saying goes – an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.

Whether you’ve already suffered damage from Winter Storm Yoshi, or you’re looking to prevent future damage, Eric’s Tree Service can help. Call or text us today at (860) 798-5672 for 24/7 Emergency Tree Service or to schedule your free consultation in preparation for the next winter weather event. 

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Today’s Topic: Wintertime Tree Service Mansfield, CT

A reader writes to us asking about wintertime tree service for her Mansfield, CT home.

Dear Eric,  

Can tree service be performed in the winter?

I have tree branches that hang over a section of my driveway. For most of the year, I barely notice them. However, when my family visits for the holidays, my father ALWAYS mentions the low-hanging tree branches too close to his car!

Last year, I told my father I would take care of these branches. Somehow, time went by quickly, and it’s already winter again!

Please help!


Out in the Cold

Mansfield, CT

Dear Out in the Cold,

Above all, we never leave our customers out in the cold when it comes to tree service in CT! Contrary to what many people think, tree removal and some tree services can be performed best in the wintertime.

The winter season is a good time of year to inspect trees for diseased or dead limbs and branches. Without the tree’s canopy present, our tree removal team can see which part of the trees are healthy, and which may pose a potential hazard in the coming year.

Wintertime is also a beneficial time to remove and prune large trees. With the ground frozen, our equipment can overcome areas of soft ground or septic/leach fields that may make tree removal difficult in other seasons.

We would be happy to assess your low-hanging tree branches and any other areas of concern on your Mansfield, CT property this winter! With our headquarters located right in Columbia, CT, we are conveniently located to Mansfield, and can schedule your tree work in a timely, effective manner. Call me at (860) 798-5672 or text (860) 931-0083 to schedule your free branch removal/tree service estimate.

Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Stay Warm,


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