Falls and winters are not too furious in the South of the USA. But if you live in Baytown or any nearby city, you know that surprises are always possible. Anyway, winter is winter and trees are always affected by the season change.
Many native tree species are evergreen and never drop leaves. But the cold season still may appear a serious challenge for your trees — especially, for young ones. Prepare your green friends to make sure they will do fine. And remember that if you hesitate about how to prepare a tree for fall and winter — contact professional arborist and ask for more information about your species, soil along with general winter tree care
The first thing you need to prepare for fall and winter is your area. Clean it through the fall so there are no leaves left for the winter. Rotten leaves may affect your garden’s health and overall condition. As a result, you can start the next spring with disease and rot fighting.
Also, don’t forget about the tree removal. Dead and dying trees must be removed before the winter starts as it is simply easier to deal with cutting the tree down. In addition, sometimes diseases spread in the frozen soil and may affect a nearby sleeping tree.
Fall Tree Care
If the summer was hot and dry and you didn’t water the yard properly, your trees may suffer a lack of moisture. An underwatered tree will not do too well during winter, especially if it’s deciduous. It’s best a professional tree service company to help you. Don’t water trees as the temperature drops, because it will result in the soil hardening and may damage the tree.
Apart from the watering, there are several general instructions on how to prepare trees for fall and winter.
Tree trimming is crucial at the end of summer and the beginning of the fall. Remove all broken limbs, deadwood and suckers before the cold. All these parts soak the energy and resources but waste it in vain. But be careful about right pruning, because some sorts of infestive bugs are especially active in early fall.
Mulch is a natural tool for saving heat and moisture. Also, it will help with soil content regulation and provide the right amount of fertilization. Spread a 6″ thick layer on the area from the trunk to the canopy edge line. We recommend natural mulch made from bark, wood chips, etc.
Use the special fabric you can find in your local store and cover the trunk and lower branches tightly. It will protect an exposed tree from sun scalding. If the winter promises to be frosty, use special frost cloth or at least an old blanket.
If you have new young trees on your yard, they definitely must be wrapped. Cover them in the first two winters the young plant face.
Some species love to make new thin branches. But these new limbs are sometimes not strong enough to outlive their first fall and winter. Heavy rains and winds may break them so it’s reasonable to tie them to the larger branches in some cases. But this is needed for several specific kinds e.g. juniper and thuja — consult with your local arborist company in Baytown to make sure you need this.
A wise homeowner always cares about the trees on the land. But sometimes they need additional help to overcome the cold and wet season. But, if you provide enough tree service for your trees during the fall, it will be much easier to care in the spring. And always remember that tree planting is best in the spring, not autumn.