Indeed, the colder days have arrived and we can no longer deny the arrival of winter. As we get out the extra sweatshirts and hats, it's also a good time of year to think about preparing your trees and landscapes for the long winter months. What can be done?
Pruning – Get your trees ready for winter by doing some preventative maintenance pruning on all your trees and shrubs. Removing the deadwood, diseased branches and hazardous limbs will minimize the risk of winter storm damage – at least predictable storm damage. While no one can anticipate the disastrous effects of an October snow storm, it is still valuable to do some pruning now so that whatever CAN be prevented, WILL be prevented.
Newly planted trees – Because they have not established extensive root systems yet, your newly planted tree faces some extra challenges in the coldest months of the year. Make sure to provide a 2-3” layer of mulch around the base of the tree, ideally, out to the drip line. *Don’t pile up mulch too close to the trunk* (See earlier blog post for more about that!)