Watering Trees

6 Tips to prepare your Trees for Winter

TREE WINTER CARE.

Weed control around trees

1. WEEDING.

Three feet from the centre of your tree, weed, clean, and aerate the soil.
“The most important thing you can do to keep your tree healthy is this.” “By shifting the dirt around near the tree, you get more nutrients to the tree while also bringing air to the soil, which avoids rotting,” explains Mindy Maslin, PHS Tree Tenders Program Manager.

Mulching Trees

2. MULCHING

Mulch the tree in the 3x3x3 pattern.
Mulch your tree no more than three inches high and three inches wide, and stay three inches away from the tree so that the root flare is not covered. Trees, contrary to common perception, do not benefit from a “mulch volcano,” thus keep a 3″ clean radius around the tree base when applying mulch.

Watering Trees

3. WATER

Water your tree, especially if it was only planted two to three years ago.
Your tree should be able to resist hot and dry weather if it is established and placed in an optimal rainfall location. Nonetheless, it is critical to water your trees on a regular basis during the winter growing season.

Dead-wooding

4. DEADWOODING

Remove any branches that are dead, diseased, or damaged.
Although you should do this all year, it is especially vital during the winter months to keep branches from falling. Cutting down sick portions can help save the tree from further damage.

SPOTTED LANTERNFLY EGGS

5. SPOTTED LANTERN FLY EGGS

Remove any Spotted Lantern Fly Eggs you find.
The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that can cause the death of trees and plants. They also reduce fruit-bearing trees’ and other plants’ yields. While most adult spotted lanternflies die from freezing, their eggs can survive the winter and hatch the following spring. A single egg mass can hold between 30 and 50 eggs. These casings have the appearance of grey and beige paste. Fill a zipper-sealed plastic bag halfway with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer. Then, scrape the egg mass into the bag with a plastic card or a putty knife and discard it. Look for these casings now through April. Getting rid of them will reduce the quantity of bugs in the spring.

6. Speak with a Certified Arborist! (us)

It is critical to call a specialist if you have an ailing tree. “It might be a pest, a pathogen, a soil issue, environmental stress, incorrect planting, or a combination of these concerns,” Tim Ifill, PHS Associate Director of Trees, explains. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” as the saying goes.

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