The winters here in Michigan can be brutal for our trees, shrubs, and landscaping. Protecting your ornamentals is a top priority that shouldn’t be forgotten. Whether it be the cold temperatures, dry winds, ice and snowstorms, or damage from winter creatures, keeping your trees and shrubs safe this winter is a tough job. Here are a few helpful tips to protect your trees from winter damage.
Tree and shrub pruning is one of those essential chores that need to be done to keep your ornamentals healthy and beautiful. Pruning away dead or dying branches frees up energy and nutrients in the tree to be sent to new growth. You can also shape the tree or shrub to make them more aesthetically pleasing. Pruning your trees and shrubs opens up the plant, allowing sun and oxygen to reach branches that were otherwise blocked.
Winter is a perfect time to prune your trees and shrubs because this is usually the time they go dormant and lose their leaves. Because there are no leaves, you can pinpoint the problem areas that need to be pruned away. Another perk is that pruning your trees and shrubs in the winter prevents the spread of diseases because those diseases go dormant in the winter too.
One of the worst things that can happen to your trees this winter is sunscald. This terrible problem happens when the temperatures fluctuate between above and below freezing, causing the bark to rapidly freeze and thaw. Sunscald causes extensive damage to trees every year, it can even kill a tree if the damage is bad enough. The best way to prevent sunscald is by wrapping your trees.
To protect your tree from winter damage, like sunscald, salt spray, and animal damage, wrapping your trees is the way to go. Use a light-colored tree wrap to wrap your trees as the light color will reflect the sun and help regulate temperatures around the bark.
Among the worst threats facing our trees and shrubs are the frigid temperatures and moisture-sapping wind. When the ground freezes in the winter, tree roots aren’t able to draw water out of the ground. On top of that, the dry winds suck the moisture right out of your trees and shrubs. This can leave your ornamentals pretty parched.
A great way to protect your trees from winter damage is by adding mulch. Mulch acts as an insulator, protecting the roots from the fluctuating temperatures of winter. The mulch also helps retain moisture, protecting your trees from dehydration and desiccation.
Here in Michigan, protecting your trees and shrubs from winter damage is a tough job. Luckily, Images Landscaping has the services to help you. Our landscaping services include mulching and renovation services to prevent and repair winter damage done to your trees and landscaping.
For more information on protecting your trees from winter damage, call us at (248) 866-5442 or contact us here. If you’re looking for more tips on tree care, shrub care, landscaping, hardscaping, and more, then check out our blog.