Fall Tree Care

Care for your trees does not stop in fall and winter.  Now is the ime, to take extra care of your trees and you will be rewarded in spring.  Exposure to the extreme conditions can cause stress on your trees even in winter.  You can minimize the stress on your trees by considering the  following tips:

1)  MULCH.  Use composted organic mulch under your tree in fall or early winter to help retain water and reduce temperature extremes. Mulch acts like a blanket that gives the tree's roots a little extra insulation.

2)  WATER.   Droughts in winter require watering just as droughts in summer do.   If the temperature allows, an occasional watering during the winter can be a lifesaver for young trees.  Water when soil and trees are cool but not frozen. 

3)  PREVENT INJURIES.  Ice and snow accumulation or chewing and rubbing by animals can cause branch breakage or splitting.  Be careful when plowing or shoveling around trees not to break branches or rip the bark from the shovel or plow blade as this can be detrimental.  Wrapping the tree base in a hard, plastic guard or metal hardware cloth may help prevent these problems.  Wrapping trees  with plastic cloth or burlap can also prevent temperature damage.   Be sure to remove the wraps and guards in the spring to prevent damage when the tree begins to grow again.

4)  PRUNE TREES.  This time of the year is a good time to prune your trees while there are no leaves on the branches.  Pruning is vital to the health of plants and trees because it keeps them growing and relieves stress. 

5) PLANT TREES.  This is a prime time to plant new trees.  The cooler weather is a good time to stimulate root growth in new trees.