Winter Tree Care Checklist
Year-round lawn care is essential to preserve the beautiful, lush view of your garden/lawn.
You must take care of your trees in winter as much as you do in other seasons. In fact, if you have high hopes from your trees for summer and spring season, you should be certain about keeping up with routine tree care during winter.
Tips for Tree Care in Winter
Prepare to Prevent Damages
Salt injuries, snow damages, and seasonal pests are three major problems trees face in winter.
Salt injuries happen due to heavy accumulation of salts on the leaf surfaces. Trees get salt usually from surface applications or airborne sprays. This kills buds and branch terminals and causes damage to leaves too. Salt can also accumulate in the soil and damage root tissue resulting in root death.
Snow is another thing that causes trees to salt.
You should wash your trees before and after the winter season. This will help them recover from any salt injuries and get rid of pests. You should also sweep off snow as and when you can.
Inspect before it Snows
When winter season is on the way, you should take out time to profoundly inspect your trees for any weakened, drooping, and/or bending of the branches.
If you find any such branches that are likely to fall when it snows, get them punched immediately. If the branch is not very thick and rigid, it should be cut off from where it is attached to the tree.
But in case of huge, heavy branches, you can go for tree training. Training is a procedure in which you strongly tie up the branches to keep them from falling and for the tree to be in shape.
Hydrate, Feed, and Mulch
Several products are available in the market like those from Cook’s Home Center which help you hydrate, fertilize, and mulch your trees.
Hydration needs are a common trait between humans and trees. You should learn about the level of hydration your tree needs depending on its type.
In addition to keeping your trees hydrated, you should not forget giving them a winter treat. Mulching and fertilizing help trees retain moisture, prevent weeds, regulate soil temperatures, and give a finished look to the trees.
There are different products available that should be used as prescribed in the label to yield best results for this purpose.
Act before You have to React
The best time to take measures to help your trees survive the winter season is when the winter season hasn’t come. It is best you conduct an examination of dead leaves, bushes, weeds, pests, dehydration, and scarcity of fertilizer before wintry weather arrives.
If any of the above-given problems are there, get them treated beforehand. This way you won’t have to worry going out in the snow to take curative actions for your trees’ survival in the winter season.
Snip and Trim
It is highly beneficial to prune your trees in winter as, during this time of the year, the trees are inactive or dormant. There is no active growth of roots or leaves and so winter season is often known as the dormant season for trees.
Advantages of tree trimming in winter will be evident in all the seasons but will be extremely prominent during the upcoming spring spell.