Make Sure Your Trees are Ready for the Winter
November marks the boundary between fall and winter, and the weather certainly proves it. While it might be mild and sunny one day, it could snow the next. With real Chicago-style winter on the way, it’s the right time of the season to familiarize yourself with a winter tree care checklist.
After all, you want to protect your trees, which provide so much benefit to your yard. Trees buffer strong winds, provide shade in summer, give your home curb appeal, and serve as homes to all sorts of small animals and insects. And, tree removal can be costly and complex, so it’s important to care for your trees properly during each season.
Winter Tree Care Checklist
1. Prune your trees
To reduce the chance of limb damage during winter’s snow and ice storms, it’s important to have your trees pruned in the late fall or early winter. Trees are dormant now, so it’s a good time to prune. And, pruning can take care of weak or damaged branches or V-shaped crotches, weak areas that might otherwise snap under added weight or stress.
2. Protect young trees
While pruning will protect most established and mature trees, young or newly planted trees might benefit from some additional protection during winter’s harsh weather. Consider a windbreak, wrapping, or other protection. Consult a professional tree service for the best options.
3. Brace your trees
Bracing your trees can provide added protection against damage from winter storms. In addition, cabling or bracing branches over a sidewalk, driveway, or street might guard against a falling branch that could damage a car or hurt a pedestrian.
4. Feed your trees
Although dormant, trees do require hydration and nutrition during the winter. Be sure to water your trees and apply an organic fertilizer as needed before winter gets truly underway. In addition, you might consider the application of mulch to protect and insulate root systems from ice, snow, and salt. Speaking of salt, many trees along parkways get an overdose of salt from plows and road salting trucks. Be sure to clear excess snow away from these trees’ trunks and roots so that, when the snow melts, your tree isn’t absorbing so much salt.
5. Consult a professional
A professional tree service led by a certified arborist can help you ensure your trees are properly cared for each winter. That way, they’ll be able to bring beauty, shade, and majesty when spring and summer roll around again.
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