As winter blankets the landscape in a frosty embrace, our trees enter a period of dormancy, conserving energy and bracing against the cold. While it may seem that trees require less attention during this season, the truth is that proper winter tree care is essential to ensure their health, vitality, and readiness for the upcoming spring. At Big Foot Tree Service, we understand the unique challenges that winter presents for trees and have crafted a set of winter tree care essentials that can transform you into a winter warrior for your trees.
Winter’s Impact on Trees
Winter may bring a serene beauty, but it also poses specific risks to trees. Cold temperatures, frost, ice, and harsh winds can lead to:
- Dehydration: Dry winter winds can lead to moisture loss from tree foliage and branches.
- Winter Burn: Sunscald or winter burn can occur due to extreme temperature fluctuations that damage bark and underlying tissues.
- Branch Breakage: Heavy snow and ice accumulation can stress branches, leading to breakage under the weight.
- Pest Vulnerability: Dormant trees are more susceptible to pests, which can cause damage without the tree’s defenses.
Big Foot Tree Service’s Winter Tree Care Essentials
- Hydration Matters: Proper hydration is essential even in winter. If the ground isn’t frozen, water your trees deeply before the ground hardens. Adequate moisture helps trees withstand winter stress and prevents dehydration.
- Mulching Mastery: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of your trees, extending to the drip line. Mulch insulates the soil, regulates temperature, and conserves moisture.
- Pruning Precision: Late fall or winter is an excellent time for light pruning. Remove dead or weak branches that could pose a risk during winter storms. However, avoid heavy pruning as it can stimulate new growth susceptible to winter damage.
- Sun Protection: Protect young, thin-barked trees from winter sunscald by wrapping their trunks with burlap or commercial tree wraps. This prevents temperature fluctuations that can lead to bark damage.
- Anti-Desiccant Application: An anti-desiccant spray can be applied to evergreen trees to reduce moisture loss through their needles. This protective layer minimizes winter burn.
- Snow and Ice Management: If heavy snow or ice accumulates on branches, gently brush it off to prevent breakage. Be cautious and avoid damaging the branches in the process.
- Pest Inspection: While most pests are dormant during winter, some may still be active. Regularly inspect your trees for signs of infestations and consult Big Foot Tree Service if you suspect any issues.
Winter can be tough on trees if you don’t take care of them properly. If your trees are looking like they’re dying or already dead, give us a call. Contact Big Foot Tree Service at 973-885-8000 today or visit us online for more information!