Winter Tree Care
Winter takes its toll on many trees and as a result they become weak and prone to a number of diseases. The leaves will thicken which makes it harder for them to absorb the moisture from the ground. This process is called leaf decay or winter defoliation. Also, the tree's root system has a difficult time maintaining up with the extra demands placed on it. As a result, the tree needles and leaves eventually turn yellow and die.
Some other types of winter tree care issues include brown spots on the leaves that are a result of fungi or bacterial growth. Another problem is leaf discoloration or disintegration of the branches. The winter tree trimming should be done in order to prevent any of these issues from occurring. However, if any of these things are already happening, then it is best to address the problem before it gets out of control. The following are some winter tree care tips you can use to address the different issues on your trees.
The first step is to prune the shrubs or plants for winter tree care purposes. For some, this means manually trimming off branches and cutting away any fronds. If you are an inexperienced gardener, then it is best to leave pruning to the experts. Trimming away excess leaves, branches, twigs, and petals allows the tree to breathe better. It also allows you to more effectively clean off debris that is collected during autumn and winter months.
One of the most important winter tree care services that you can provide for your shrubs is deep root watering. This is a very crucial step that many people overlook. Most people mistakenly think that deep root watering only has to do with giving the tree water every few weeks. The truth is that deep root watering is something that should be done every day throughout the growing season. This is especially true for evergreens. As a matter of fact, it is highly recommended that you prune your trees at least once each month throughout the growing season.
Many gardeners mistakenly think that winterizing their trees is all about wrapping them in mulch. This is not the case. The real issue that is involved is the fact that as trees dry out, their tree root systems become susceptible to freezing temperatures. It is during this time that severe weather can strike, and it is this process that you want to avoid.
A great way to avoid the risk of freezing is to remove all leaves from the trees. When left on the branches in the fall and winter, leaves can retain moisture and can actually warm the soil up. This can in turn heat up the soil so much that when it is time to water the trees in the spring, they will not have enough water to do so. On the other hand, by removing all leaves from the branches in the winter, the roots will have access to as much moisture as possible. This will result in healthier root growth and better winter pruning.
One of the most important aspects of winter tree trimming is the pruning of dormant branches. In order to prune dormant branches you should first identify where the branch meets the trunk. If it is on a tree trunk you should cut the branch back to its proper length. You should also check to see if the branch is properly aligned. If it is out of alignment you should cut away some of the branch to correct the problem.
Another important part of winter tree care is keeping shrubs well nourished during the dormant period. Spring pruning will need to be done before the first frost. The best way to do this is to water the shrubs a few days before the frost. This will help them to become adequately nourished and ready for the new growing season.