Tips on Winterizing Trees
The cold months can be a very difficult time for a tree. What once was a healthy tree full of life in the spring and summer now looks more like a fixture in a barren wasteland! When the temperatures begin to drop and there isn’t enough sunshine or water coming to the tree for photosynthesis, then what happens is the tree starts to die a bit. It’s a part of the cycle of life that we have no control over. The mechanics of the tree changes, things like its food reserves and other necessities must be kept locked away and only used for situations where they are absolutely necessary. If there is a sure-fire way to ensure that your trees stay as healthy as they can during the winter months, it’s by winterizing them. Winterizing is collection of things that will help your tree reach spring with all of its health. Here, you’ll find some great winterizing tips that can help your trees achieve the best look they can for spring.
- Remove or correct structural faults like deadwood and other insecurities. Keep all of your pruning as small as possible so that the remaining heartwood underneath stays untouched.
- Cut and trim the branches that will hang low to the ground when loaded with rain or snow. These will do nothing but harm the integrity of the tree. Pests, bugs, and disease can all come up into the tree from soaked branches toughing the ground.
- Prune liberally by removing damaged twigs and new sprouts near the tree base, and conserve as many living branches as possible. The tree needs to stay alive the best it can with only what it can support; dead branches invite pests and new growth will never mature.
- Spread a thin layer of mulch underneath the tree in an area about as wide as it’s branches go out. This will ensure the soil right under the tree has at least some healthy soil.
- Wrap trees that have not developed enough bark yet. Being exposed to the elements and other animals that pass by will violate the integrity of the tree; this must be avoided at all costs.
- Fertilize the soil around the tree with things that may be in short supply. Adding in the extra elements will be beneficial. Be sure to add nitrogen lightly especially for a large trees or newly planted trees.