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Winter Tree Care

Winter Tree Care

Even if it is wet and cold, this is the time to take advantage of all the benefits because trees are dormant. But what can you do to protect them? We count on five tips:

  • Inspections
  • Prune
  • Provide Protection
  • Mulching
  • Continue to Keep Water Them

How to Protect Trees & Help Them Survive the Winter

How to Protect Trees & Help Them Survive the Winter

You can see signs of stress in your trees in winter, during drying winds and colder temperatures, slowing down the growth of bloom.

It is the time to prepare for the weather! Young trees are susceptible and require special care to avoid damage from extreme weather.

Check out our tips for your trees before it is too late.


Poor nutrition and frequent temperature changes may weaken an immune system. For trees, it is the same; the cold weather makes trees more susceptible. This season, you will not only deal with ice, wind, and snow.

You will need to identify potential issues, diseases, and pest infestations; some of our discoveries during the inspection could be:

  • The Overall Health
  • Andy Damage
  • Any Diseases or Pests
  • The Structure of Your Tree
  • Potential Hazards


Because of the dormant period for most insects, illnesses, and trees, winter is the best time to prune and trim to help remove damaged or dead branches, reducing any risk and the size and structure of the trees.

We recommend pruning the youngest trees by doing the following to establish good structure:

  • Remove Dying Branches
  • Establish the Central Leader
  • Establish Scaffold Branches
  • Select temporary branches

 The dormant or winter prune prevents collapsing during snow or ice storms; that’s why it is highly recommended to encourage new growth in spring.    

Provide Protection

Be ready to protect your vulnerable trees during the most challenging time of the year.

  • Cover them with burlap, tarps, or sheets, among others.
  • Move potted plants inside your home, which is a more protected place.
  • Wrapping trunks with plastic tree guards will keep away rabbits and voles that love to gnaw the bark on young trees, allowing damage and death in some cases.
  • You can use a suitable fabric to protect the trunks of the young trees, avoiding the winter burn and sunscald.
  • The bleaching of evergreen foliage can occur for these reasons:

        Lose water.

The temperature drops to harmful levels, damaging the activated tissue.

The tree can’t re-synthesize.

Cold temperatures can injure the tree tissue.

Water the foliage



Add mulch to retain moisture and warmth using organic types like wood chips, bark, compost, or leaves.

Wait until the ground freezes, then apply the mulch to avoid making winter quarters for mice.

Mulch must be your garden’s best friend all year long. It will keep the weeds away and absorb water to hydrate your trees. You can visit our mulch blog post to learn more about types.

As a tip, it is better to add old rotten mulch that will give your trees more nutrients and organic material, never the new one, because the fresh mulch creates an imbalance.

Some of the benefits of mulching are:

  • It provides a protective layer
  • Provides nutrients
  • Creates a quality soil texture as it decomposes
  • Promoting beneficial microorganisms
  • The breakdown offers essential macronutrients and micronutrients
  • The nutrients regulate soil PH
  • Aid in root and crown growth
  • Promote healthy vascular systems within plants

Continue to Keep Water Them

Keep Water Tree in winter

Remember, the young trees will need more than mature trees, and something essential to know is that tree roots don’t go dormant during winter. That’s why you must check hydration, but check the soil before watering them.

Lack of water can cause winter drought, inhibiting growth and reducing plant vigor. Plants suffering from winter desiccation often shed their foliage and die.

Most Common Winter Tree Care Issues

Winter Tree Care Issues

Learn more about common winter tree care issues below and identify signs and treatments.

Winter Burn

If all sides of your plant show signs of injury, you can complete the whole tree with burlap or similar material.

Frost Heaving

Mulch will reduce the desiccation; it acts as an insulator and helps retain moisture.

Salt Damage

The salt on roads and sidewalks will permanently harm your soil, causing a severe decline in the tree’s health.

Winter Drought

Mulch and water will compensate for the winter detrimental.


Little rodent animals eat tree bark to survive, exposing your tree to death. The most effective method for warding off them is to pray the repellant directly to your tree to protect them.

Leave the Winter Tree Care to the Professionals

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A professional helps with the typical winter tree care issues. Find a qualified tree company in your area. Call us NOW!

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