Remember to care for your trees this winter. As temperatures begin to fall along with snow, keep an eye on the health of your trees. Oftentimes the cold weather can leave your trees feeling stressed, which can result in costly issues, including falling branches and trees. Practice the following tips this winter to ensure the health of your trees.
How To Care For Your Tree During the Winter
- The winter is an ideal time to prune your tree. Trees go into dormancy during the winter, making it a good time to prune. Pruning trees while they are young establishes a good structure and can prevent damages in the future.
- Trees are sensitive to cold weather, so now is the time to protect your trees from the cold. Young trees and certain tropical species cannot tolerate freezing temperatures below 32 degrees. Cover susceptible trees and plants with burlap, sheets, tarps, etc.
- Retain moisture and warmth during the cold months. This will help the tree from freezing over: moist soil will absorb more heat than dry soil, keeping the tree warm. Cover the soil with a 3-5 inch layer of mulch starting a few inches from the base of the trunk extending about two feet from the tree in all directions.
- Prepare for any salt that might land on the tree. Salt is often used in the winter months to help keep ice and snow from sticking to the ground. But, it can cause a number of problems for trees and their roots. If you happen to notice salt on any of your trees or shrubs, continue soaking the area with clean water for a few days until you no longer see any salt.
- Continue to water your trees when there is no rain. Water new trees every week or every other week using 10-15 gallons of water. You can water old trees once a month using 10-15 gallons of water.
Contact A Professional Tree Company
If you’re worried about the health of your trees this winter, consider getting them professionally pruned before the first snowfall! Pruning will ensure the health of your tree and will keep you and your family safe from any falling dead branches. Contact Mr. Tree for an estimate today!