If you’re going to keep your landscaping looking its best, you need to complete tree services throughout the year, even in winter. What steps are important to take during the winter to ensure that your trees will look and grow their best during the spring and summer? Try the following tips:
Wrap the Bark
If you have a young tree or ones that come from tropical climates, it would be helpful to wrap them. By wrapping them, you can protect the bark and inner wood from cracking due to cold stress. You can purchase material to wrap it with from your local nursery. While you’re there, check out the plastic tents that you can place at the base of you trees to protect them.
Avoid Early Pruning
Pruning is important to protect the branches from breaking during the winter, but you need to know when to do it. One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to pruning is doing it too early. You should wait to prune your trees until they reach the dormant period. If you prune too early, the trees will experience new growth and won’t be able to protect it in time before the first frost. This will make it more vulnerable to cold stress, which will kill your tree.
Lay Organic Mulch
You never know you’ll experience a drier winter. To protect your trees from the dry winter and make sure that they get the moisture that they need, consider putting mulch around the tree. The mulch will help slow the moisture loss and runoff. It can protect the roots from temperature changes. Just make sure to leave enough space between the tree and the mulch to prevent mice and rabbits from gnawing on the bark.
Check for Rodents
Speaking of rodents, it’s important to check your trees throughout the winter. If you notice signs of rodents around your trees, you need to spring into action to keep them off your property. You can set up traps to catch the rodents and release them away from your property.
It’s important to schedule tree services in the spring, summer, and fall. You probably spend a lot of time watering, fertilizing, weeding, pruning, and doing other things to keep your trees healthy and happy. But what about winter? It’s important to continue to check in on your trees throughout the winter. If there are any problems, don’t wait until spring to figure out what you can do for them. Contact Good Morrow Land Services LLC, and we can come to your home to figure it out with you and find the right plan of action to protect your trees until spring.