It is common for homeowners who are new to tree planting to have questions on how to protect the sapling from harsh winter weather. Any tree that has been freshly planted, regardless of age, faces an increased risk of damage during the winter months. This is due to the tree not having had enough time to establish a strong root system. Five Star Tree Services has some important tips to help your new tree not only survive but flourish this winter.
Winter Root Care
The first line of protection starts at the base of the tree near its roots. Before freezing temperatures arrive, make sure to water your tree generously. Newly planted trees require more water in the winter for the first couple of years of their life to help them grow stronger. This also means that you will need to choose warmer days during the winter to continuously water the tree.
Many people worry about freezing the roots by irrigating them in the winter, but in actuality, it’s helpful because it prevents winter tree drought. Additionally, it is a good idea to fertilize your new tree in the fall season to give the roots ample nutrients to grow during the season. One of our arborists would be delighted to evaluate your tree and develop a customized mix of fertilizer that targets your newly planted tree’s needs.
Winter Trunk Care
The trunk of the tree needs protection in the winter just like tree roots. To keep them safe from wintry weather, newly planted trees should be wrapped and staked. Make sure to leave plenty of room for flexible movement so that the trunk of the tree can grow and remain strong. Wrapping will help keep the tree safe from any damage, including windy winter conditions, pests, and scalding from the sun.
Above Ground Tree Care
Placing a generous layer of mulch around the base of your new tree will benefit it in two ways. It will help provide insulation against severe cold and also prevent excess moisture loss from the soil. Make sure to limit the layer of mulch to within the drip line of the tree. What’s more, avoid putting too much mulch against the trunk. Mulch should also be laid after the ground is solidly frozen.
Winter Branch Care
Lastly, you need to consider your newly planted tree’s branches. Making sure your tree’s branches are well maintained will ensure they stay healthy every season. This step is important for all the trees on your property, even the oldest ones. We recommend that you check for dead branches or branches that are rubbing against one another. Next, check for any breaks caused by bad weather. If you are not sure what to look for, we are always on call to help.
How Five Star Tree Services Can Help
Our experienced arborist is always here to help you protect your trees during the harsh winter months. If you are in need of advice or just want to find out more about our tree services, give us a call at (416) 990-3355. We are happy to trim, apply mulch, and perform any other service that will help keep your trees healthy all season long.