When I moved into my house, I noticed that there were a few trees that were significantly overgrown. I knew that I had to do something to make things right, so I started looking for tree trimmers in the area with the kind of experience I needed. I worked with them to figure out what needed to be done, and after they offered a fair quote, I had them begin work. The difference they were able to make was amazing, and I was really impressed with their contribution. This blog is here to help people to make their trees like new with the help of a professional arborist.
If you have a newly planted tree in your yard, you know that it needs a special level of care until it is well established. The first winter is a period of stress for the tree, and proper preparation and maintenance can ensure your tree gets through the change in seasons stronger and healthier than before. Here's what you can do to help a new tree survive its first year.
1. Provide plenty of fall water.
Many people are diligent about watering their new trees when the heat of summer threatens to whither the tender leaves. But when the summer turns to cooler and gentler fall, people tend to stop watering as much because they assume the tree doesn't need as much water due to cooler temperatures.
However, even if you live in an area with heavy winter snowfall, winter is the driest time of the year for a tree, and fall watering helps to add extra moisture to the soil before the real cold hits. Not watering enough in the fall can weaken your tree, making ti easier for insects and blights to set in over the course of the cold season.
2. Mulch the base.
Mulching is essential for newly transplanted trees. Soil temperatures matter greatly in the winter time. Trees fortify themselves against cold weather by reducing the amount of water in their root tissues. When there isn't as much water, it is more difficult for the roots to freeze. However, when soil temperatures drop drastically, even the tree cannot insulate itself against the water inside the tissues starting to freeze.
Mulch helps to regulate soil temperature by providing a barrier of insulation over the ground. The frigid air temperatures in very cold climates has a tougher time affecting the soil with a nice thick layer of woody mulch in the way. Spread the mulch so it is few inches thick over the ground as wide as the branches reach. Mulch has the added benefit of helping to keep the soil moist as well.
3. Protect the bark.
Young trees have softer, less mature bark that is a tasty treat for foraging animals. Squirrels, rabbits, and deer make it a habit of snacking on bark, stripping it from the tree. While the animals do need food for the winter, the tree will not usually survive for very long if too much of the bark is removed. If a circle of bark is removed all the way around, the roots and branches of the tree no longer can transport food and water up and down the trunk. Come spring, the leaves will not be able to provide food for the roots, and the tree will essentially starve to death.
Protect the bark by shielding it with a plastic cover. These twist or tie on to the trunk for a few feet up the tree to keep animals from being able to access the bark. Remove the shield when spring arrives, unless you always have active rabbits in your area.
4. Clear off snow and weighty ice.
During the winter, heavy snow fall can damage young branches. these branches are more pliable than those of more mature trees, but they are also thinner and cannot bear up the heavy load of snow. After a snowstorm, take the time to carefully shake or brush snow from the branches or your young tree. If the tree is weighed down with ice, you may need to carefully thaw the ice with a heat lamp or call a tree service to help save your tree from the weight.
Contact a local tree service like Destiny's Tree Service LLC for more information on caring for, trimming, or removing trees.