3 Tips To Help Care For Your Trees This Winter And Avoid Serious Problems In Spring

Posted on: 15 November 2017

When winter is here, the leaves will be falling off trees, and it is a good time to start preparing for the spring months. There are chores like pruning and treating insect infestations that need to be done now. With good winter care, your trees are going to have healthy growth when spring comes. Here are some tips that will help you with the winter care that your trees are going to need:

1. Tree Care to Help Prevent Winter Stress on Trees During Cold Weather

During extremely cold weather, trees can be exposed to a lot of stress. Later summer and early fall tree care will help ensure that trees make it through the winter months without any cold damage. During the end of summer, make sure that trees get plenty of water before winter. Insulate the base of trees with organic material like straw, which will help them retain water as well as protect them from freeze damage. In midsummer, you may also want to apply a slow-release fertilizer to ensure trees are healthy and have the nutrients they need to make it through winter.

2. Choosing the Best Time to Prune Trees During the Winter Months

It is important to choose the best time to prune your trees. You do not want to prune them when weather is wet, and they are susceptible to fungus in the spring. In addition, do not trim trees too early in the winter when they can be susceptible to cold weather damage. Usually, it is best to prune during late winter or early spring, when weather is warmer and before the trees start to bloom in spring.  

3. Caring for Tree Damage During the Fall and Winter Months

Storms during the fall and winter months can cause a lot of damage, which is why your trees may need special care. The cold weather often makes the branches brittle and susceptible to breaking, especially if they become weighted with snow or ice. In addition, fall storms could cause damage to branches. To ensure the tree is not vulnerable due to storm damage, remove the branches that have broken or cracked during harsh weather conditions.

These are some tips that will help with the winter tree care that your trees are going to need this year. If you need help with trimming, removal and treatments, contact a landscaping maintenance service, like The Cutting Edge Lawn and Landscaping LLC , to ensure your trees make it through winter without any problems.