Summer takes away the growing season of trees with it. After that, winter weather comes and you have to maintain your trees so they can cope with the changes of winter. In the winter season, trees get severe damage from fog, snow, and cold winds. It is the time where most of your trees get diseases. So, you have to take proper management so that they can resist it and grow again in the summer. In this article, I am going to give you some tips to maintain your trees in winter.
Easy ways to maintain your trees in winter:
Hydrate your Trees:
Proper hydration is essential throughout the year. The roots of trees are on continuous duty of supplying water and nutrients to the tree above. Roots are really tough as they can spread above 2 to 3 times the size of the canopy and provide the right moisture to trees. But, during the fall months, the roots continue to store water because in the cold weather water is unavailable.
Evergreen trees lose a significant amount of water in the cold weather.
These plants need the proper water supply unless rain meets their demand. It is also observed that sometimes plants grow more during the canopy dormant season. Soil moisture protects the trees in the cold weather. To maintain your trees in winter you should give them a deep watering twice a week. In this way enough water is supplied to shoots and trees above, they continue to grow even in snow.
Mulching the trees:
Mulching is the process in which a protective shield of compost, paper, or sawdust is spread over the ground in order to prevent evaporation, keep fruits clean, enrich the soil, reduce soil erosion, and many other benefits. Mulching is very beneficial to maintain your trees in winter.
It curbs the growth of weeds and makes sure to supply all nutrients to trees. The fall season is perfect to give 2 to 3 inches of mulching to the trees. It saves the trees from dying with malnutrition or dehydration. So, the combination of proper hydration and mulching of trees keeps your trees alive throughout the winter season.
Protect your sensitive trees :
Many trees with smooth or thin bark form a trunk wrap in the late winter season. It protects the trunk of trees from an injury known as sunscald or southwest injury. This condition mostly occurs due to the thawing or alternative freezing of water in the trunk of trees. While newly planted trees need more stabilization. However, not all trees need staking.
To check if your tree needs staking, shake it from side to side. During this shaking process, the base of the tree remains firm. When you see the root ball of the tree is also shaking then go for staking. Stake trees only in winter, remember to remove the staking in the summer season.
Structural pruning is encouraged to save the trees from water damage and loss of weak limbs. Most of the time snow accumulation, ice, and snow winds cause severe loss of limbs. You can also prune your trees in the dormant season. You should go for the arboriculture methods for this purpose. But, make sure to consult with the specialists to do the pruning.
Maintain trees guards:
During the winter season, animals target the trees and shrubs for food. To keep the animals away from feasting on the trees you should place a tree guard or mesh around the trees. But, keep in mind that the tree guard should be breathable to force the growth. However, do not forget to remove the tree guards in the summer.