During October and November what are some things to do to care for the trees on your property, so they’ll be ready for the winter ahead?
Typically, trees seem to hibernate during the winter months, but keep in mind that harsh weather conditions can put a lot of stress on them. What are some things you can do to lessen that stress?
Cold Weather Preparation
To prepare trees for colder weather, it’s a smart idea to use mulch around them. By spreading organic mulch under and around trees in the autumn months, you’ll help them reduce temperature extremes in the soil (mulch acts a bit like a blanket) as well as help them retain water.
Quench the Thirst
Speaking of water, droughts can and do happen in the winter. If the temperature is above freezing, it’s a smart idea to use your garden hose and water your trees a couple times during the autumn months. This is especially helpful if it hasn’t rained for weeks where you live. Trees, like humans, get thirsty!
Planting for the Future
If you’re thinking about planting new trees, October and November are good times to do so. Cooler weather sets in, which helps stimulate root growth in new trees.
Prune the Older Ones
As for older trees on your property, it’s a good idea to prune them before the snow comes. Ideally, right after the trees drop their leaves, you can see what needs pruning. Get rid of dead branches. Pruning is like giving a tree a “haircut.” It’s good for the tree if done properly. If you don’t have the tools or knowledge to prune your tree(s), it’s best to call a professional from Big Foot Tree Service.
Prevent Tree Injuries
Finally, you can help prevent injuries to your trees by wrapping their bases with a plastic or metal guard/cloth. People often use burlap to do this… basically, wrapping a tree helps protect it from temperature damage, plow damage, and animal rubbing damage. The wrapping can be removed in late Spring.
Big Foot Tree Service of Wayne, New Jersey, can help you prepare the trees on your property for the coming winter. Big Foot does all sorts of services, including tree trimming, tree removal, stump removal, and emergency service after a storm hits. For more info, please call 973-885-8000.