TREE DAMAGE WINTER TIME
Winter can take its toll on humans, animals, plants as well as trees. Heavy snow, ice, sun, wind and general cold temperatures can kill a tree outrightly, damage branches, flower buds or the roots. But since we cannot stop the cycle of nature, we must learn to adapt and continue to thrive.
The winter damage is influenced by a number of factors. This includes,
the specie of tree, its locationor how extreme are the weather conditions.
So how do we protect the trees from damage in winter and ensure that
they thrive all year round?
Adequate water supply
Watering plays a critical role in the healthy development and survival of your tree. It is important to keep the trees (especially the newly planted ones) adequately watered
through fall and all the way into winter.
Sun and wind can lead to drying conditions for broadleaf evergreens.
However by spraying an anti-desiccant which covers leaves with a waxy coating,
moisture loss is reduced.
Wrap (preventing Sun scald)
The effect of a day time winter sun on a tree, combined with the
impact of the cold night air on the trunk can rupture cells in the tree bark
leading to cracks.
This condition is refered to as sunscald. To protect the tree you can
wrap it with paper tree wrap, which will then be removed in spring.
Another option is to paint the tree trunk white or wrap it with a white plastic
Protecting The tree
Some animals such as rabbits love to eat into the bark of
young trees. They sometimes eat deep exposing the inner parts of the
tree. This can attract rodents which will lead to infestation.