As we move towards the winter months in New Zealand, it’s critical to consider how to care for your trees during the chillier months. Winter can be harsh on trees, particularly young ones with insufficient root systems.
However, with proper care and attention, you can help your trees survive the winter, ready to thrive again in the spring. Here are some essential tree care tips to keep in mind as you care for your trees this winter.
Mulching is an important practice that can help your trees survive the winter.
Acting as an insulator, mulch helps to regulate the soil temperature and keeps the tree roots from freezing. It can also aid in the retention of moisture in the soil, which is critical for the health of the tree during the winter months.
When mulching, make sure to spread the mulch evenly around the tree’s base, forming a layer at least 2-3 inches thick. Avoid piling mulch against the tree’s boot, as this can lead to rot and other problems. To allow for air circulation, be sure to leave a small gap between the mulch and the boot.
Another essential winter care task that can help keep your trees healthy and strong is pruning.
Winter is actually the best time for the pruning of deciduous trees, as they are dormant and have no leaves; this makes it easier to see their structure and identify any dead or damaged branches.
Pruning can help improve the overall health and shape of the tree, increase resistance to disease and pests, and promote new growth in the spring. When pruning, make clean cuts with sharp, clean pruning tools and if you can, avoid removing more than one-third of the tree’s canopy.
Wrapping your trees can also help to protect them from winter damage, especially if they are young or vulnerable.
Wrapping can insulate the trunk of the tree, prevent frost cracking and sunscald, and keep pests and animals away from the bark. When wrapping your trees, use a light-colored, breathable material like burlap or tree wrap. Begin at the tree’s base and wrap the material loosely around the boot, slightly overlapping each layer as you go.
Be careful not to wrap too tightly, as this could cause damage to the bark and limit the tree’s growth.
Professional Winter Tree Care From Urban Trees
If you are looking for guidance with your winter tree care, contact the team at Urban Trees for a consultation. Our expert arborists can offer expert advice and services to keep your trees healthy and beautiful all year.
To keep your trees healthy and safe, we provide a variety of services such as tree pruning, tree trimming, and tree removal. Don’t put off preparing your trees for winter until it’s too late; contact Urban Trees today.