abc
QUICK LINKS:

Winter Tree Damage: Should You Cut Yours Down?

Updated: 07/03/2014 10:36 PM
Created: 07/03/2014 5:24 PM WDIO.com
By: Julie Kruse
jkruse@wdio.com
Twitter: JulieMKruse

With the heavy snow, cold temperatures and high winds the Twin Ports had this past winter, some residents have noticed that their trees aren't growing leaves; however, the Minnesota DNR said those trees could still leaf out since we had a late spring.

They said the buds could be healthy until the end of June into early July, and they advise people to wait another week to cut down their trees.

A good way check if you're tree is still alive is to do a thin surface scratch on the branch. If the surface underneath is green, the branch is healthy. Additionally, if you can bend the branch into a "U" shape, there is still life in the branch. If you scratch the three and the surface underneath is brown, the branch is dead. This does not necessarily mean the entire tree is dead.

"You should see if it will sprout buds or grow new branches to overcome what might have happened over the winter," said Minnesota DNR Forest Supervisor, Robert Slater.

Slater said it's too late to repair any damage from this past winter, but you can prepare for the next winter by making sure your tree is watered. Wood chip mulch can help on the root system by keeping the soil temperature up in the winter and usually a little cooler in the summer. He said you should also be cautious with any weed chemicals as that can effect your tree.

The damage is only in residential areas. The forests fared the winter with no significant problems.

Front Page

  • Wisconsin Makes Minnesota Offer on Tax Reciprocity

    The neighboring states have been unable to reach a deal since a 40-year agreement expired in 2009. An agreement would simplify income taxes for the roughly 80,000 who live in one state and work in the other.

  • Minn. DNR Increases Target Wolf Harvest

    The Minnesota DNR is increasing the target harvest for this fall's wolf hunt from 250 to 280. The DNR says the latest population survey estimates that there were 2,423 wolves living in Minnesota this past winter, which is 212 more animals than estimated the previous winter.

  • Update: Teen Killed in Douglas Co. Crash

    The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says a Lake Nebagamon teenager was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday afternoon.  15-year-old Seth N. Stariha, a passenger in one of the vehicles, was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Workers at the NOvA hall in Ash River assemble the final block of the far detector in early February 2014, with the nearly completed detector in the background. U of M Reaches Milestone with Ash River Neutrino Detector

    The University of Minnesota is celebrating a milestone in creating an experimental particle detector that it says could eventually yield important information about the beginning of the universe.

  • Missing Employee Found at Soudan Underground Mine State Park

    Authorities have located 76-year-old Adrienne De Vries at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park. De Vries is an employee of the park, and lost her way when walking down a trail. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Department says she was transported to Ely Hospital to get checked as a precautionary.

 

Flood Warning

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Koochiching; St. Louis
Expires: 7/25/2014 4:00 PM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement