PROTECTING TREES AND SHRUBS IN WINTER
Even though winters in North Central Texas are generally mild, the cold weather can still pummel our trees and shrubs, especially when they’re young. Possibly you’ve been watching the weather or getting weather alerts on your telephone saying the local temperatures are relied upon to drop below freezing. In that case, you need to play it safe to ensure your young trees’ safety and vulnerable shrubs. Here are some winter tree care tips to give your landscape some other shrub and tree protection.
Shielding your landscape from frost damage and sunscald
Sunscald occurs when a plant freezes around evening time and is then exposed to hotter temperatures and direct sunlight during the day. The mix can damage a tree’s bark or “burn” evergreen foliage that continues to transpire in winter. Albeit develop trees aren’t as susceptible to the effects of sunscald, they can murder or cause severe damage to young trees and shrubs. There two or three things you can do to shield your landscape from sunscald and frost damage. You can wrap the trunks of young trees or, if your trees and shrubs are adequately small, you can cover them. Here’s the ticket:
To cover your plants or small trees, wrap a defensive material over them. This allows the plants to conserve the warmth from the soil, so you should ensure that the cover is adequately enormous to arrive at the ground. Use stakes or rocks to keep the body secured to the ground. You should try not to use heavy plastics. Something breathable that allows moisture to ventilate, similar to burlap or a sheet, is ideal. On the other hand, you can use cardboard boxes, tubs, or trash cans.
To wrap the trunks of your trees, use polypropylene fabric because it’s stretchy, breathable, and durable. You can discover it at most nursery stores. Start at the lower part of the storage compartment and wind the tree wrap around the base at a slightly upward point. It should overlap enough to cover the whole ground and be snug yet not so close that it chokes the tree.
If you have conifer or evergreen trees or shrubs, you’ll need to screen them when it snows. You should delicately brush the snow away on the off chance that the branches are twisting under the snow’s weight. Notwithstanding, don’t attempt to eliminate ice after an ice storm since that could cause more mischief than anything.
Mulching for winter protection
In regions that get a ton of snow throughout the winter, the gathered snow acts as a defensive cover for trees and plants, adding moisture to the soil and controlling the temperature. Notwithstanding, we don’t, for the most part, get a great deal of snow in North Texas, so that is the reason mulching before winter is essential for shielding your trees and shrubs from the elements. Our cold, dry winter weather can cause tree root damage, yet mulch mitigates that peril by insulating the soil, keeping moisture and warmth underground.
Just be careful not to use much mulch and make what arborists call a “mulch volcano.” Over-mulching can cause the roots to grow up around the base of the tree and gag it. It can also hold oxygen back from having the option to arrive at the roots. At the point when you mulch, make a layer around two to four inches thick. Spread the covering around the tree’s base, starting a couple of inches from the storage compartment, going out every which way around three or four feet.
Watering your trees in winter
Both young and old trees need a lot of water consistently, yet young trees need significantly more. At the point when the weather is cold and dark, you may imagine that your trees are hibernating and needn’t bother with water, yet trees don’t by, and large hibernate. Even though they go dormant and their leaves drop, their roots develop and gather water and nutrients from the soil the entire winter. This is an essential piece of their life cycle, and without enough water, they can’t accomplish all they require to flourish in the spring.
For young or recently planted trees — relying on site area, soil type, seepage, and rainfall — your tree should get five gallons of water each week per caliper inch throughout the winter. To decide the caliper inch, measure the storage compartment’s breadth six inches from the ground. During seven days of heavy rainfall or other precipitation events, skip the supplemental watering. Over-watering can slaughter a tree, so be careful about water sitting at the base or soil that appears water-logged.
Develop trees need a more deep soak during months of less than three or four inches of rainfall, so you should water them once per week for a more drawn-out length. Contingent upon your soil’s seepage, if you water for 30 minutes, that is for the most part considered to be a large portion of an inch of water. Like with young trees, be aware of over-watering.
Realizing that when will generally be concerned
Since deciduous trees lose their leaves throughout the winter, it very well may be hard to discern whether a winter tree is dead or damaged. Frequently you will not know until spring if your tree has suffered tree damage from the cold. If you figure you may have broken trees or damaged shrubs on your property, here are some things you can do throughout the winter to check the soundness of your plants:
First, check the outside of your tree or shrub for signs of life. Dormant trees will still have tiny leaf buds, which means that your tree is alive and getting ready to leaf out in the spring. You should also search for any signs of sickness. Are there open wounds or enormous cracks in the storage compartment? Is there fungus developing on the branches? If you notice signs on the outside of your tree or shrub that give you worry about its wellbeing, you can go somewhat more profound with the twig test.
For the twig test, sever a small branch with your fingernail or blade. On the off chance that it’s weak and snaps rapidly, there’s a possibility your tree or shrub could be dead or passing on. Check different parts because it may be just one branch or section that is dead. For a tree or shrub that is alive, the bark layer should be green and somewhat moist. If you figure your tree may be sick, passing on, or dead, call a professional tree care provider for a tree inspection right away.
TreeNewal can help
On the off chance that you have questions about focusing on your trees and shrubs this winter, or if you have concerns about their wellbeing, connect with our tree care experts. Our ISA Certified Arborists are accessible to visit your property to make an assessment and suggestion. Past our winter tree care services, we also offer tree services such as tree nourishment, tree pruning, tree trimming and removal, root aeration and air-spading, insect and disease management, and that’s just the beginning. For more data, visit our website at treenewal.com, or call us today at (817) 264–7937 to schedule an arrangement.