Trees in Indiana have evolved to endure the changing seasons. But that does not mean we cannot help them maintain their strength and resilience with a little added care. Be sure your trees are protected this winter by staying on top of all your seasonal tree care duties.
Continue reading to learn the top three most important things you can do for your trees this winter.
❶ Tree Pruning
Most deciduous trees are dormant in the winter. This is a great opportunity to trim and prune tree branches. It is a fantastic way to ensure beautiful and abundant springtime leaves and blossoms. Professionals recommend pruning trees until the first snow fall. This can vastly improve a tree’s ability to produce great quantities of flowers and blooms; as well as, grow better tasting fruits and nuts. Fall and winter tree pruning can certainly procure numerous admirable benefits come springtime.
❷ Heavy Snow Removal
Heavy snowfalls can cause stress to dormant trees. This combination of weight and moisture can weaken tree branches; causing them to crack, break, or fall. This can be a huge hazard if there are trees located near parked cars, playgrounds, and other areas frequently occupied by people. It is important to regularly shake snow off of the branches to prevent accidents and broken tree limbs.
Be sure to use something non-destructive to remove snow from tree branches. In the wintertime, they are much more vulnerable. Try using a soft bristled broom or mop to gently sweep and lift snow away from small or weak branches. You can also use a stick to lightly tap the trunk of the tree to loosen snow from the limbs.
❸ Water and Nourishment Provision
During the winter, the ground around trees can freeze. This implicated the tree root’s ability to take in nourishment or water of any kind. As a homeowner, one remedy for this situation is to take action on a warmer day. Wait for a day when the wind chill and temperature are above freezing, and water the base of your trees.
Be sure the base of your trees is clear of leaves and other dense debris. These natural obstructions can prevent the ground from absorbing the water you provide. This and more are all beneficial ways to help sustain the health and appearance of the trees on your property.