Winter months can take their toll on trees and bushes. Give your trees some needed attention and keep them healthy by covering them so they are not exposed to extreme changes in temperatures and various elements. Many professional tree service companies recommend you wrap trees from November until April so they are protected thoroughly throughout the harshest weather changes. We want to explore why tree wrapping is recommended, how to apply the wrap and why burlap is a good choice for the job.
Why Trees Need Extra Attention During Winter
Trees in winter are most vulnerable with branches and trunks bare and exposed to the bitter cold and winds. This is especially true for trees with thin bark, certain deciduous trees or delicate, new trees. They are susceptible to sunscald or winter burn.
This process happens when intense sunlight causes the bark to warm, and the tissues below no longer remain dormant. The sun perks up these internal mechanisms, and when it retreats again, and the temperature drops suddenly, the new life underneath dies.
This results in discolouration of the bark and a sunken appearance. With time, the bark may peel off and reveal dead spots.
Why Tree Wraps Work
Tree wraps provide a consistent layer of protection against seasonal weather. Defenceless trees need this shield to thrive. The most important part is the correct timing of the application and removal of the wrap. The rule of thumb is Thanksgiving until Easter because tree growth slows in fall and renews in spring.
There are varying types of tree wraps, such as corrugated cardboard and plastic, but professionals recommend burlap as the top choice. Plastic exacerbates tree warming and may cause growth cycles to begin out of season, which can leave lasting damage.
Why Burlap Is a Good Choice
Burlap is a heavy, woven material made from jute or hemp. It is used to make sacks and wrap tree-root balls. Burlap offers several advantages. Although it is a breathable fabric that allows moisture in, it is dense enough to prevent harsh sunlight from hurting trees. It also hinders damage to trees from ice and snow, which can weigh down and break off branches as well as harm the bark.
How To Wrap Trees and Bushes
Wrapping trees is an easy DIY project for homeowners. Bushes need protection from the weather as well, so you can include them when wrapping your trees. Here are two simple methods to get the job done:
- Attach the burlap to the top part of the central tree branch with a spring clip or clothespin.
- Begin the process by wrapping the burlap around the tree, moving toward the ground and making certain to wrap the branches and trunk.
- Cut the burlap from its bolt, leaving enough to pin the end to the starting branch.
- Use three pieces of twine to tie around the tree at the top, middle and bottom. Remove the clip or clothespin once the wrap is secure.
- Drive wooden stakes into the ground around the tree or bushes.
- Secure one piece of the burlap covering to a stake and wrap the burlap around the other stakes, making a room with an open top for the tree or shrub.
You can also cover bushes by draping burlap over them loosely and staking the burlap securely to the ground. You can use a taller stake close to the bush to keep the material from touching it. This is a better plan when bushes and trees are spaced farther apart.
Why You Need a Professional Tree Service
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