Plant Health Care Pruning

WINTER PREPARATIONS

We are entering the time of year where Winter Preparations for our homes, cars and closets is common. But have you thought about your trees? Many people don’t give their trees a second thought when it comes to winter preparations. There are some key steps you can take to get your trees ready for the winter weather,giving you full, healthy, thriving trees when they awake in the spring.

WATER!!

  1. One of the best things you can do for your plants is water them. Even though they are not fighting for water in the heat, trees can still suffer drought stress. Focusing on the critical root zone when watering your trees and shrubs to make sure your plants are hydrated. Deep root watering is very important to your trees this time of year. Read more about Deep Root Watering here.

KEEP IT CLEAN

2. Clear your tree beds of fallen leaves, debris, and buildup. While this seems like a silly housekeeping task, it is actually imperative to the health of your trees and shrubs. Piles of stuff collected at the bottom of a tree can cause wet foliage to mildew promoting the growth of bacteria and disease that are dangerous to your plant. Many insects use these piles to hide and stow away as well. Keeping the ground clean around the base of your trees and shrubs will benefit them greatly and increase your lawn’s health.

ANTI-DESICCANTS

3. An Anti-Desiccant (talked about in our blog last week) is a great way to support your trees making it through the winter. Winter weather is primarily cold and dry here in Colorado. Aside from the snow or ice we do not typically get a lot of moisture. During dry periods, trees in the pine family lose moisture through the pores on their needles. During winter months, dry air and wind cause this to accelerate, leading to needles turning brown and dying. This is also known as Winter Burn. When providing your tree with an Anti-Desiccant treatment you it covers the needles on the tree in a protective wax, similar to you wearing a coat or gloves in the cold. This in turn reduces the amount of moisture lost and reduces the amount of energy the tree needs to use fighting to survive. Read more about Anti Dessiccants here.

These are just a few things you can do to help support the health of your trees thorugh the dry and cold winter months here in Colorado. No matter how small the tip, it can make a bid difference in how the health of your trees are throughout the whole year.