Those crisp fall mornings won’t last much longer. Before you know it, we’ll be hunkered down indoors trying to stay warm by the heater until spring comes back around. Though you know how to keep your family safe and warm inside, you may not know that your landscaping needs some serious TLC during the winter months, too. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t panic. It’s much easier than you think and the sooner you start making the preparations, the happier and healthier your trees will be. Here are a few proven tips from your local tree service
that will give your yard the best chance of surviving the winter well.
Wrap Young Trees
Old and established trees have already survived several winters. This means they’re better equipped to handle the changing temperatures without suffering too much damage. Younger trees, on the other hand, need a little extra help to get through the coldest part of the year unscathed. Use a thick burlap tree wrap and cover the base of the trunk of any young trees on your property. This helps keep the bark warmer even when it’s dumping several inches of snow an hour. If you’re not comfortable doing this on your own, reach out to your local tree company and get them to set your trees up for the winter weather. In the spring and after the last hard freeze, you can remove the wrap to let your trees grow and thrive.
Spread That Mulch
Mulch is truly the best way to protect sensitive roots around the base of your trees, shrubs, and even in your garden bed. It helps retain moisture in the soil reducing the effects of winter drought, deposits nutrients that make your trees grow more effectively in spring, and shields them from harsh temperature changes. Even better, it’s completely natural so you won’t have to worry about pets rolling in the pieces of wood. Spread a thick layer around the base of each tree, shrub, and garden bed on your property. Once it’s in place, leave it alone. It will do the hard work on its own.
Relocate Heavy Lawn Furniture
Your grass may go dormant during the winter months, but that doesn’t mean it can’t get damaged. The roots and blades still left on the surface of your lawn get brittle and are prone to breakage once the ground gets cold. This means heavy lawn furniture, toys, and even decorations can do serious damage to your lawn if you let them sit indefinitely. Instead, take a walk around your lawn and remove any items that are putting too much strain on your grass. Once the weather warms up and your lawn has recovered some, you can move them back in place. Just make sure to keep an eye on your turf to reduce the risk of permanent brown spots.
Leave the Decorating to the Pros
Decorating for the holidays is the best way to show your personality and add flair and color to your dormant landscaping. That said, it’s almost always best to let the professionals hang your holiday lights on the established trees in your yard. When you try to handle the task on your own, there’s always a chance that you’ll damage the trunk and branches of your trees. When this happens, the entire tree is at risk for disease and pest infestations. By letting professionals handle the job, you’ll know that your trees will stay safe even if the lights stay on all night long.
Schedule a Tree Trimming Appointment
Trees go dormant during the winter months, just like your grass and garden beds. This means it’s the perfect time to get some serious pruning in. Schedule a tree trimming
appointment once the winter weather hits. This will give your tree company a chance to inspect each tree on your property and makes it easy to remove potentially problematic or damaged branches before they have a chance to break and fall under the weight of the snow. Don’t worry—the trimming won’t hurt your trees. Instead, it will actually help them grow better in the spring.
Fertilize Before the Freezes Hit
After a long growing season, the soil in your yard will be depleted of the nutrients your trees need to thrive. Give it a helping hand by fertilizing the soil during the first part of winter. This will give it a chance to build the nutrients back up before spring and makes it easier for your plants to start growing again quickly. If you’re not sure what fertilizer to use, consult with your trusted tree service. They’ll recommend the right type for your trees and your soil’s conditions.
Keep an Eye Out for Pests
Throughout the winter, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye out for mice, squirrels, rats, and insects that might try to nest inside your tree. Walk around your property once a month and look at the bark. If you notice bare patches or chew marks on the tree or see droppings around the roots, consider calling an exterminator. They’ll be able to create a pest control solution for your home that will get rid of those pests and keep them from coming inside where they can wreak havoc on your home and your belongings. Remember, rodents nesting in your trees will eventually try to find a way into your home.
Give Your Trees the TLC They Deserve
The best thing you can do for your trees is to give them a little extra help before the winter weather sets in completely. Use these tips as a starting point and you’ll be on the right track for keeping your trees and landscaping healthy until spring’s warmer temperatures arrive. If you feel like you need a little extra help or aren’t comfortable pruning your trees on your own, contact our team
and schedule an appointment as soon as you can. This way, your trees will get the care and trimming they need to survive winter and thrive in the growing season.