Lawn care takes a back seat when the winter weather blows in for the season. People leave their rakes and lawnmowers in the garage while trading for the shovels and snowblowers.
Don’t forget about your trees when the grass stops growing. Your trees will struggle to survive if left on their own. The struggle becomes even more critical for young trees.
Follow the cautions below to protect your tree during the winter and set them up for long term success.
Insulate With Mulch
About 3 inches of mulch helps to insulate your tree from the elements. Even this thin layer will help protect the roots. Spread the mulch underneath the branches in an even layer. Avoid a pile of mulch around the trunk.
Wrap Your Tree in Protection
Hungry critters and small rodents love to gnaw on tree bark when food becomes scarce in the winter. Stop them from feasting on your tree by wrapping its trunk with a plastic guard. Chickenwire helps stop animal chewing as well. The older the tree, the less protection you will need to add.
Create Snow Shelters
Build make-shift wooden shelters around small trees to defend against heavy snowfall. For mature trees, lightly knock snow off branches with a broom. If you see ice forming on thin branches, it might help to tie them to thicker branches.
Avoid Salt Damage
Ice is one of the worst hazards of winter. No one wants to slip whether they are on their feet or in a car. But the salt people and counties use to pour on sidewalks and streets can be harmful to grass, trees, and shrubs. Once this salt gets into a tree, the damage creeps in and can deteriorate the whole tree. Avoid salt infusion problems by using de-icing, calcium chloride-based salts.
Independent Lawn Service provides the Livonia area with the lawn and grounds care that helps our community members present their home with a welcoming outside. If you need extra help protecting your trees this winter, give the professionals a call at (734) 228-4729.