No one doubts the beauty that trees provide to any landscape, and the stories of how each one has survived are truly extraordinary.
The width of their growth rings, the condition of it’s bark and the color of it’s foliage all are clues to the mystery that their life holds.
Your yard truly comes alive with the vibrant trees that are in it. But never forget, for the life to go on they will require the proper and best maintenance you can give them.
Getting them ready for the cold and often nasty winter weather that can harm them and when they are most vulnerable to damage is vital. Take a look at some great tips to help keep them flourishing.
1) Clean Up Foliage And Canopy
The tree’s canopy is where you want to start and you should look for any damaged, dead or loosely hanging branches.
Remove any broken or dead limbs by pruning, and also get rid of other vines and ivy that is adding to the branches any undue weight.
This is even more important when you are dealing with younger and freshly planted trees, because any limbs growing will be damaged by any excess weight.
You must know the harder time that trees covered with clematis or ivy are going to have with the extra pressure and weight that will come with the snow and heavy winds.
The health of your trees will grow with the removal of any unnecessary weight on them.
2) Maintain Bark And Trunk
The next step is to carefully look at each tree’s bark and trunk. There is a higher probability of snow, ice and heavy winds causing damage on those trees with structural defects. You want to be looking for the following items:
-Cracks: you want to seek out any deep splits that through the bark are extending and which are exposing the wood. Potential branch or tree failure is what this sort of damage will be indicative of.
-Decay: Limited decay will not necessarily mean the tree is hazardous, but hollow areas might indicate the tree is more susceptible to failing.
Cavities will typically form from within which is where trees will typically decay. Even while this is happening, as the tree grows new wood continues to be added to the outside.
The tree may be relatively safe if the outer portion appears to be structurally sound.
-Dead wood: Less resistant to wind and more brittle will be dead segments of the limbs or trunk. If a larger limb comes closer to the house, this can be much more dangerous.
3) Check Out The Root System
For each tree, check the root system out. In severe wind storms, trees with roots exposed and damaged are more likely to topple.
If more than half the roots of your tree have been cut or crushed, if the tree is beginning to lean, or if on the opposite side of the lean soil appears to be forced around the base, you should have the tree evaluated by a professional to make certain that it is in fact safe.
You want to also look for fungus or decay growing around the buttress roots or the base of the tree. The healthy roots around the base will be better kept intact if you excavate around the base of the tree.
With a protective layer of mulch, cover the soil around the tree’s base. For recently planted and younger trees this is even more important so they can be protected against the weather when it is most severe.
Without allowing it to touch the trunk of the tree, place a layer around the base somewhere between 4 and 8 inches.
At least 2 feet away from the tree spread the mulch. A layer of mulch that is thick can help the roots be protected against damage caused by the ground re-freezing or thawing.
You may also look into using tree bark, hay or wood chips as well as mulch. The other good news is that the cover provided will help to retain water to provide moisture to the tree.
5) Young Trees Should Be Wrapped
For the winter, young trees and especially fruit trees should be wrapped. During periods of temperature fluctuations, this will help the bark to avoid splitting.
Decay can eventually result if the bark separates from the wood and vertical cracks occur. When you wrap the trees up, use burlap, tree wrap fabric or any fabric sturdy enough to last through the winter season.
Begin at the tree’s bottom and keep wrapping until you get close to the first branches.
6) Tie Branches Up
Loosely with some twine, the center branches should be fastened together.
For evergreen trees this is even of greater help because their year round foliage is more susceptible to damages from ice and snow.
Some examples of the evergreen species include the Yaupon holly, Loblolly pine, and the Bluestory or Pwarf palmetto.
Splitting and breaking during winter storms will be prevented by tying branches.
We hope you find these tree care service tips helpful!