The Bear Story
Bears are amongst one of the most adaptable and versatile mammals on earth; their behavior stirs awe, wonder and curiosity as well as fear in the best of us; all of which can also be said about trees. During winter the bear will go to a cave or to hollow tree trunk to hibernate, not because of the cold, but because there is a lack of sufficient food to be found in the winter.
During hibernation the bear can lose upwards of 40% of its body weight - burning their fat for fuel – they don’t eat or drink. Their oxygen consumption is reduced by half. When the bear emerges from its long winter nap, it is in a walking stupor for the first two to three weeks, after this time though it is excessively hungry and thirsty. The bear is genetically programmed to hibernate; even if food were offered during this time; it would be refused.
Trees go through a process similar to that of the bear’s hibernation called dormancy. Much like hibernation dormant trees literally shut down for the winter. The tree’s metabolism, energy consumption and growth are reduced. Much as is the case with the bear, dormancy is a tree’s natural tendency, which should not be evaded since it can dramatically increase a tree’s lifespan.
Trees, much like the bear, have winter dormancy for a reason that is best left to its own accord. When the tree awakens in the spring, it will then need to be replenished with the necessary nutrients, and trimmed in order to achieve core strength once again. At Branch Management Tree Service, our tree health care and preventative maintenance work to promote good, strong root health ensuring your tree’s longevity.