Trees have a dormancy period, and that's what keeps them alive during the winter. However, that does not mean that they are protected from harmful elements. They are prone to hibernating animals and the cold season. For tree care and maintenance during the cold months, your local arborist can help. Here are some ways you can help trees in wintertime:
ADD MULCH. In the early winter stage, you may want to add a thin layer of no more than 2 inches of mulch beneath the tree’s dip line. This will help in insulating the roots and soil during extreme temperatures. This also helps in slowing down water loss. However, you will have to be careful when mulching since pests can invade it and make it their winter quarters. Do not pile the mulch directly against the tree trunk and wait until the ground freezes to avoid pest infestation.
USE TREE WRAP. Covering the trunk of the tree with crepe paper can provide protection. This is to prevent rupturing and creating cracks in the trunk called sunscald. It mostly happens on trees that are located on the south or west sides of homes or buildings. You can take the wrap off of the tree when spring comes.
PRUNE. Winter is also a good time to prune trees. It can be easy to see if the tree has problems with the branches. Dormant pruning can also reduce damage to the tree and prevent the spread of diseases. Proper pruning is important to tree growth so it should be done right. You may contact your local arborist provides tree pruning service One Mile. They have the experience, expertise and quality pruning tools and equipment to give trees the right care they need.