Winter Tree Care Tips for Happy, Healthy Trees

This being said, you’ll have to follow specific winter tree instructions to protect them from frost and keep them alive.

Winter weather is coming and you’re not the only one that needs to bundle up.

It’s important to prepare your trees. If you don’t, then you may risk them breaking, falling, or just being a sore sight in your yard.

This being said, you’ll have to follow specific winter tree instructions to protect them from frost and keep them alive.

Pruning and laying down mulch is a good start. You should also take measures to keep animals away, continue to water them, and keep snow off the branches.

These are only a few small steps. Keep reading for a complete maintenance guide to keep your trees happy and healthy throughout the cold months.

1. Prune Trees

During the winter, the leaves fall from your tree allowing you to see their structure and problem branches.

It’s the perfect opportunity for you to prune them. Doing this will make them stronger against the winter weather to come.

The trick to watering without freezing your tree is timing. Don’t water the plants if the temperature outside is below 40. Don’t water them if there are snow and ice on the ground.

The snow and ice will melt and water your tree for you anyway.

Also, give your tree water around midday. This will give it plenty of time to absorb the water into its roots before the temperatures drop down to freezing at night.

5. Keep Critters Away from Young Trees

Rabbits make a meal out of the bark of young trees.

This will expose the inner workings of the tree and leave it vulnerable to the winter weather. The good news is that there is a way to keep rabbits away from your young trees.

Wrap them up with plastic tree guards and leave them there until the spring. If you don’t have tree guards on hand you can also deter them by placing chicken wire around the tree.

6. The Problem with Rock Salt

During the winter you’re going to want to throw down rock salt so you can get out of your driveway and navigate through your yard.

This is fine unless you let it get to your trees.

Rock salt will stop your tree from being able to take in water and nutrients and it cuts them off from oxygen. Choose a snow melting method that involves calcium, magnesium chloride, or potassium instead.

7. Rid the Branches of Snow

If enough snow manages to gather on your tree branches then they will break.

Use upward movements to clear the branches off. If you use downward ones then you risk damaging the branches.

Icicles may also gather on the branches but don’t try and snap them off.

Instead, use a garden hose to melt the ice. Just make sure the water you’re using isn’t too hot or it will burn the plant.

Winter Tree Maintenance Steps to Keep Your Trees Happy and Healthy

Are you worried about your trees breaking and cracking during the cold months?

You’ll have to perform a certain amount of winter tree maintenance to keep them safe from harm.

Use these tips to get started and we promise your trees will be happy and healthy even in the harshest conditions.

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