As we draw near to mid-February and winter is showing no signs of ending anytime soon, it may be time to get a little concerned for your trees. Most trees are pretty hardy, but a long winter can cause a lot of damage if you haven’t been maintaining proper tree care. One of the best things you can do for your trees right now is to give them a thorough inspection:
How to Save Your Trees in 10 Minutes or Less
Because Punxsutawney Phil didn’t give us the early spring we were hoping for, now is the time to prepare your trees for the remaining weeks of winter ahead and look forward to a happy, healthy spring. …
Even if you don’t notice any problems, there are still some preventative measures you can take to protect your trees – especially if there’s going to be more snow and ice:
“Branch breakage or splitting can be caused by ice and snow accumulation, or chewing and rubbing by animals. Prevent problems on young trees by shaking heavy snow or ice from branches and wrapping the base of trees in a hard, plastic guard or metal hardware cloth (metal flashing).” (Full article here.)
Additionally, watering your trees on a warmer winter day can be extremely beneficial in helping to prevent winter burn. The following video provides a good explanation of winter burn, and how to avoid it:
Hang in there – we’re over halfway through the winter. You and your trees can both make it!