While your trees seem to be in a state of hibernation through the colder months, exposure to tough conditions can cause them major stress. You can minimize stress by helping your trees through the harsh weather conditions, one step at a time. If you take care of your trees now, it will help them get through winter and you’ll be rewarded in the spring with abundant foliage.

Provide Plenty of Water

Don’t forget to give your trees a drink. Winter droughts require watering as much as summer droughts. If temperatures permit, an occasional watering during the winter on young trees can be a lifesaver. Be sure to water when soil and trees are cool but not frozen.

You can also rely on mulch to help. Put composted organic mulch under your tree in the fall to help retain water and reduce temperature extremes in the soil. A thin layer of mulch will act as a blanket and give the tree’s roots a little extra protection.

Prevent Mechanical Injuries

Branch breakage or splitting can be caused by ice and snow accumulation or chewing and rubbing by animals. You can avoid his issue with young trees by wrapping their base in a hard, plastic guard or a metal hardware cloth. Wrapping trees with burlap or plastic cloth also can prevent temperature damage.

You can remove the wraps and guards in the spring to prevent damage when the tree begins to grow. Other damage can be caused when plowing or shoveling snow. Be mindful of trees nearby. Damage to limbs and trunks from plow blades or a sharp shovel can be detrimental to trees.

Prune Your Trees

Fall is a the perfect time to prune your trees. Not only are trees dormant in the colder months, but it is also easier to see a tree’s structure when there are no leaves on the branches. Proper pruning is vital to the health of trees and plants. It helps relieve stress on trees and keeps them growing. Remember that each tree is different, and pruning at the wrong time or the wrong way can injure a tree.

Plant Now

Fall is a great time to plant new trees! After cooler weather has set in, conditions are perfect for stimulating root growth in new trees. Once roots are established throughout the fall and dormancy of winter, spring showers and summer warmth encourages new top growth.  Fall is the optimum time to plant balled and burlapped trees.

During the fall and especially the winter, make sure that your trees and your home are protected with a Homeowners Insurance policy designed for you and your property. Depending on the extent of your landscaping and gardening, you may require additional coverage, and poorly-secured trees can easily damage your home.

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