Ontario’s winters aren’t just brutal for its residents. Plants, shrubs and trees struggle too. The salt, snow and wind along with extreme temperatures can damage bark, kill or injure branches and destroy roots and flower buds. The cold can also cause food shortages, which bring deer, rodents and other animals to your yard feeding on foliage, twigs and bark. Here are a few tips from a professional tree service to help you protect your trees from winter damage.
Cold Weather Preparation
Take a look around your yard and examine your landscape plants and trees during the late summer and early autumn. Healthy plants are more likely to survive the harsh winter conditions. If you have trees or other greenery that struggle due to insufficient nutrients or water, it will be vulnerable as the weather gets colder. Plants with damage from disease or insects are also more fragile. Begin your winter strategy by taking the following precautions:
Deciduous Tree Injuries
Trees and shrubs that lose their leaves go dormant during the winter. If you have mature plantings that fare well in the area, they probably need no extra protection. However, young or newly planted shrubs can benefit from some extra care.
Broadleaf Evergreens and Conifers
Unlike deciduous trees, evergreens and conifers don’t go fully dormant. Their growth only slows in the cold weather. This makes it crucial that they have plenty of water whenever the ground isn’t frozen. Heavy snow, drying winter winds and deer are the most common causes of damage during the winter. You can take steps that prevent them from becoming discolored or brown.
Professional Tree Service
With the right care, trees can survive the vicious winter winds and sub-zero temperatures. By starting preparations long before there’s a chill in the air, you can help your plantings stay healthy. Tending your yard takes time and planning. At Martin’s Tree Service, we can take care of that for you, so you can spend more time enjoying your yard than working in it.