Most of us only think about one kind of tree during winter, but did you know your outdoor trees need some TLC during the winter months as well?
Here are some tips to keep your trees healthy during the winter:
- Check the hardiness zone rating. Check and double-check because even though your tree might be rated for our zone, micro-climates and drastic climate changes can create damage. When possible, talk to a local grower about what trees are likely to thrive on your property.
- Try to plant your trees in areas where it’s less likely to have large volumes of snow buildup.
- Look for areas where road salt is likely to spray or wash into your soil, and avoid planting in these areas. You can also switch your de-icing salt for something more landscape friendly, like kitty litter.
- Stop fertilizing 6 weeks before the first frost. This triggers the winter hardiness process to begin in your trees.
- Stop pruning after mid-summer. Pruning promotes new growth, and the new tissue can be very susceptible to winter frost.