Simple Winter Tree Care Tips From Your Local Tree Service

November 26, 2019

Winter weather is on its way. Before you know it, snow will start falling and you’ll start thinking about ways to stay entertained inside where it’s warm and comfortable. While you and your loved ones can escape the cold and hunker down by a roaring fire, your landscaping isn’t as lucky. Believe it or not, tree care doesn’t end just because the temperatures drop. In fact, working with your Denver tree company can be even more important in winter than it is during any other season. 

Without the right routine in place, your trees could produce underwhelming growth in the spring or, worse, not survive the winter in the first place. Here are a few things your tree company will do to protect your trees.

Mulch the Roots
Tree roots may extend deep beneath the soil, but that doesn’t mean they’re invulnerable to the weather. Remember, a good portion of the roots sit above the soil or within a few inches of the surface. When the temperatures drop, the roots can suffer. Worse, heavy snowfall or late fall rains can cause the soil to erode away. This puts your trees at risk for damage. The best way to care for tree roots during the winter is to spread mulch around the base of the tree.

Mulch acts as a type of insulation, covering the roots without putting too much weight on them. They’re still able to breathe and gather nutrients from the soil, but the top layer of that soil will stay put throughout the winter. Even better, the mulch slowly releases nutrients for the roots, giving them an added boost that helps them grow more efficiently and beautifully in the spring.

Schedule Tree Trimming Now
Let’s face it—Denver can get a lot of snow throughout the winter. While it may be beautiful to look at, it’s also hazardous for your trees. As snow settles on the branches of your trees, it adds to the weight they have to support. If enough snow collects on the branches, some may break. 

The best thing you can do is schedule a tree trimming appointment before winter is in full swing. This will give your tree company a chance to assess the limbs and prune or remove the ones that could cause problems on your property. Over the course of the winter, this simple step can save you thousands in possible repairs to your home and the rest of your property.

Be Prepared for Droughts
Droughts can and do happen even in the winter. While they’re not typically a problem for large leafy trees, they are for younger trees and evergreens. You’ll want to pay attention to the amount of snow and moisture your yard gets throughout the colder months. 

If it’s been a while since the last storm, check the mulch around each tree. If any has moved, spread more. This will help keep the soil moist between storms and can minimize the damage droughts cause.

Watch for Rodents
Rodents love finding warm and cozy spots to nest in the winter. In many cases, this means they’ll take up residence in and around your trees. If left to their own devices, they can end up doing serious damage to your trees. Worse, they may move from your trees to your roof or the walls of your home. 

Pay attention to the animals hanging out in your yard during the winter. If you see rodents or notice that your trees look damaged midway during the season, reach out to your tree care expert. The sooner they can identify the issue, the sooner they can help you get your trees back into good condition.

Use the Right Ice Melt
Nothing is more frustrating than slipping and sliding on walkways and driveways when you’re in a hurry. Ice melt makes it easy to get rid of icy buildup, but it can also damage your landscaping if you’re not careful. 

Whenever possible, avoid using plain rock salt around your trees and landscaping. The salt disrupts the pH of the soil and makes it harder for trees to get the nutrients they need. Instead, look for a deicer that’s safe for use around plants. These deicers will use ingredients like potassium, calcium, or magnesium chlorides rather than sodium chloride.

Keep Branches Clear
If you notice heavy snow collecting on your trees, don’t let it get too heavy. Take the time to go out and knock the snow off the limbs. This will reduce the risk of them breaking or getting damaged. If the limbs are low, you should be able to do this with your hands. Just take care to move the limbs carefully. But if they’re too high up for you to reach easily, grab a broom and push the snow off.

Wrap the Trunks
Trees are vulnerable to freezing at night. And when the weather warms up during the day, that freeze and thaw cycle can damage the trunk beyond repair. Luckily, you can prevent the worst of the damage from happening in the first place.

Use a dedicated tree wrap to wrap the trunk up to the base of the limbs. The wrap will create a protective barrier between the wood and the elements. This helps prevent the moisture in the trunk from freezing even when the temps drop. Keep in mind that you’ll need to remove the wrap in the spring to let the trunk breathe and grow unrestricted.

Your Trees Will Look Great with a Little Winter-Time TLC
Keeping your trees looking their best year-round means you need to stay on top of your winter tree care routine. These tips are a great place to start, but if you ever feel overwhelmed or don’t know what else you can do to better care for your trees, don’t deal with the struggle alone. Contact our team and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. We’ll make sure your trees are as healthy as possible, no matter how cold the winter weather gets this year. 
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