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Winter Tree Care in Southern California

The higher rainfall this winter has many drought-weary Californians breathing a sigh of relief. The precipitation is truly welcome across California in hopes it will help our drought conditions. According to, there is more rain coming this winter and being prepared can make all the difference.

With a pattern of consecutive dry seasons, many trees, including drought-sensitive as well as species that are normally considered drought-tolerant, can exhibit symptoms of drought stress.

Roots can be damaged, especially the feeder roots and root hairs, which are in the top 12 inches of the soil and are responsible for uptake of water and nutrients. These are the first portion of the root system to be affected by drought since they are very sensitive to drying.

Damage to the root system can also trigger metabolic changes which can affect growth. In addition, drought stressed trees are predisposed to secondary invaders and opportunistic pests. All of this weakens the tree, from the roots to its branches. Have your trees checked by a professional for drought stress. Trimming trees before heavy rain could prevent random breakage and help the tree avoid secondary problems.

The following are some measures for homeowners to keep their property ready for winter weather:

  • Have your trees checked and trimmed, beginning of winter is ideal

  • Clean gutters, downspouts, and drains

  • Invest in a generator in case of power outages

  • Turn off your automatic watering system unless it's a Smart Meter

  • Add mulch to your plant beds to increase the absorption of water

Taking these steps ahead of time is a good idea. In addition to preparing your property, remember to put together emergency supply kits for your home and car. Enjoy the rain! Our experts at Pacific Vista Landscape Services are here for all your landscaping needs!


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