Winter Tree Care
Winter brings freezing temperatures, frozen winds, and a lot of snow. Winter tree Care needs to be a priority if you plan on having beautiful trees in the Spring. Just as individuals battle Mother Nature, so do trees, with one significant exception: trees cannot steer clear of exposure to the elements. Here are some winter tree care tips that can help your trees fight the elements.
Place composted natural mulch below your tree in the fall or early winter to help preserve water and decrease temperature extremes. A thin layer of mulch will behave like a blanket and provide the tree’s roots a bit of additional winter protection.
Give your trees a drink. Winter droughts create a need for watering as a lot like summer time droughts. If temperatures permit, an intermittent watering throughout the winter on young trees could be a life saver. But make sure to water only when the soil and the trees are cool but not frozen.
Prune your trees. Winter is really one of the very best times for tree pruning since it is easier to determine the structure of your trees without their leaves. But restrict pruning to deadwood and poorly placed branches to be able to conserve as many living branches as you possibly can.
Prevent tree injuries. Branch breakage or splitting may be brought on by ice and snow accumulation, or by animals. Stop problems from occurring on young trees by wrapping the base of trees in a hard, plastic guard or perhaps a metal hardware cloth. Wrapping trees with burlap or plastic cloth also can stop temperature harm. Just keep in mind to eliminate the wraps and guards in the spring to prevent damage once the tree starts to develop.