Winterizing Trees

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Winter storms can damage trees. Weak branches, dead wood, and poorly pruned trees can break under the weight of ice or snow. Prepare your trees for winter weather by utilizing the following suggestions:

broken limb

topping hurts trees

Topping hurts trees!

  • Properly prune branches that will touch the ground when loaded with rain and snow. Foliage and branches in contact with soil can invite pests and problems.
  • Spread a thin layer of composted organic mulch over an area at least as large as the branch spread. Mulch is nature’s way of recycling valuable materials.
  • Remove any new sprouts at the tree base or along stems and branches.
  • Aerate soils, without damaging tree roots, if compacted and poorly drained. Saturated and dense soils can suffocate roots leading to a decline in tree health.
  • Fertilize with all the essential elements if they’re in short supply in the soil. Go lightly, if at all, with nitrogen, especially under large trees and around newly planted trees.
bark of paperbark maple

bark of paperbark maple

Trees are investments in property infrastructure that require a small amount of care. For the sake of your trees’ quality of life and your own, take a few minutes to winterize your trees. Wonderful springs come from well-tended winters.