Winter Tree Care

More winter tree care tips.

Winter tree care is so critical that we have taken great care to educate you with as many articles as possible about the subject.

October has to be our favorite month of the year. I understand that autumn officially begins in September, but in our experience it truly does not begin till mid or late October when the leaves begin to turn. Then, it’s a couple of weeks of spectacular beauty prior to the cold winds of December and January.

Here are some additional suggestions writen by one of our Certified Arborists to safeguard your trees and shrubs throughout the winter and make certain that they come back strong throughout the spring:

    1. The very first step is truly the most fundamental: make certain that they get lots of water throughout the fall. If you have read that in other blogs from other authors, there is a reason. It is extremely important. If you suffer from lack of rainfall, like we have here in Kentucky last summer, water them throughout the winter as well. This really is particularly important with evergreens and newly planted trees. If you notice that the needles are turning brown on newly planted evergreens, water them completely before the ground freezes.
    2. Next, add a couple of inches of mulch around your shrubs and trees in the fall. Mulch helps retain water as well as protects against late frosts in the spring.This works very well for climates like Louisville that have very late frosts. This makes tree care in Louisville especially tricky.
    3. Eliminate any diseased leaves or leftover fruit from your trees. This prevents animals from being interested in them in the winter. They might gnaw on the bark and open up wounds that can’t heal in the winter. You can also keep animals away by installing tree guards or wiring about your trees. You will find also several products on the market which you can use for trees and shrubs to keep critters from eating your expensive trees.
    4. For those who have newly planted trees, sometimes-intense winter sun can damage the bark. Older trees have experienced time to develop thicker bark and do not generally need protection. You can safeguard your newer trees by wrapping them in the winter and then removing it in the spring.
    5. Do not neglect your inside plants either. Keep in mind they could most likely use a good feeding in the fall and do not need as a lot of watering like they do in the summer time. As a matter of fact, the single most common cause of houseplants not performing well is over watering. Make certain to adhere to the advice that came with the plant.