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Tree Care Tips to Get You Through Winter

You want a healthy yard year around. You know that during the Summer, you’re going to need a little bit of extra water here and there, and you’re going to have to make sure that the tree doesn’t become dehydrated. Winter is a much more complicated story depending on the climate that you live in. You’re going to need an expert to make sure that your tree gets cared for. Here are three things that you can do to make sure that your tree is getting the help that it needs.

1. Keep Your Branches From Breaking
Because they’re iced over, branches are more likely to break, especially ones that you don’t want to. The best thing to do is to make sure that the pruning on the tree is up to date, because getting rid of the more vulnerable branches ends up protecting the entire tree. If you want to keep important branches on your tree from breaking during the winter, you need to provide them with the tree trimming that they need to remain as strong as possible. Make sure that your tree isn’t wasting valuable nutrients on vulnerable branches if you want for it to remain healthy throughout the Winter.

2. Rodents
Rodents are constantly foraging for food, and during the Winter, food is more scarce than ever. That’s why it’s a good time to make sure you have reinforced fencing around the base of your tree in order to keep them out. Your tree has valuable food to them, but often, getting the food comes at the expense of the life of the tree. Make sure that you put up that fencing to keep the rodents out, it’s the best chance that you have of keeping the rodents out and keeping your tree as healthy as it can possibly be.

3. Prevent Drying Out
One of the very best things that you can do to make it so your tree doesn’t dry out during the winter is to provide it with some mulch. This is going to prevent the moisture from leaving the tree. You can also water your tree more, to make sure that the roots that are active are able to absorb as much moisture as possible. It’s okay to overwater a little bit in winter, especially if your tree isn’t accepting all of the water that you’re providing for it. Keep your tree healthy by making sure that it has the water it needs, and prevent it from drying out by using mulch.

Keep That Tree Healthy as Possible

Having a healthy yard in the Summer is matter of making sure that the tree stays healthy throughout the Winter. That’s not going to happen unless the you’re vigilante throughout the Winter to make sure that it stays healthy. Be aware of branches breaking, rodents foraging for food, and the tree drying out during the Winter because of the cold, and you’ll be able to keep it as healthy as it can possibly be.

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Winter Tree Care – How Can I Help My Trees This Winter?

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Branch Breakage

To help prevent branch breakage in the Winter, it is important that you have good Fall Maintenance done. We see branches break more often in the Winter because the wood hardens (becoming more brittle), and with the weight of snow on top of it all, branch breakages are inevitable. A solution for very small trees and shrubs that a lot of people have, might be to cover the entire tree with a sturdy tent-like housing. And, for larger evergreens, you might think about using some rope to tie up and reinforce branches.

What is Cold Stress?winter tree care

Cold Stress is caused by rapid changes in temperature that can cause damage to trees – especially more mature ones. From those kinds of extreme fluctuations to the damaging dry spells and deep freezes, there are several cold stresses your trees will have to fight off.

The temperature variations can lead to stresses within the tree called frost cracking or southwest injury (the side that receives the most winter sunlight).

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