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Preparing Trees for the First Frost of the Year

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15 November,2020

Preparing Trees for the First Frost of the Year

Preparing Trees for the First Frost of the Year

Trees are living organisms that require air, water, and nutrients – much like humans. They are also vulnerable to the harsh cold of winters. The negative effects of cold weather on trees is plentiful but Southern Star Tree Service is ready to help. We have plenty of services from preventative steps to restorative ones, and we are available at every hour of the day and night to take your call.
This article is dedicated to helping you prepare your trees for the first frost of the year. It is important that you take steps before the cold weather makes its way. If you have any specific questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment with an ISA-certified arborist, then feel free to call Southern Star Tree Service. We are always happy to help.

Common Tree Issues in The Winter

The cold weather brings a plethora of potential tree care problems no matter how young or how mature your tree is. All trees are susceptible to damage and these are just a few possibilities:

  • Broken limbs and branches from heavy snow and ice.
  • Salt damage from ice treatment on sidewalks, driveways, and streets.
  • Damage to branches, roots, and bark from freezing temperatures and ice.
  • Deer and rodents eating vital parts of the tree due to food shortages.

Avoiding Root Damage

Roots play a vital role in the upkeep of your tree. They absorb and transport water and minerals from the soil, store essential food reserves during the winter, and anchor the tree. Excessive dry weather before the first days of frost can damage roots. Further, cracks in the soil can allow cold air to reach vulnerable roots and damage them. Mulch shrubs and trees with up to six inches of straw, wood chips, or other material to shelter against root damage. Also, water the ground before the drop in temperature is expected.

Reduce Injuries from Exposure

A little bit of snow can be good for plants, trees, and shrubs as they provide a protective barrier against sun and ice damage. Ice, sleet, and abundant amounts of snow, however, can damage trees, especially young ones. Wrap trees and insulate small and young trees to protect them from sun scalding, ice damage, frost, and wind exposure. Proper and timely pruning during the fall can also protect your plants and trees from dieback.

Repel Pests and Wildlife

Wild animals will target your trees during the winter for a few reasons. Twigs, leaves, fruits, and bark provides nutrients for some animals and shelter for others. Unfortunately, their nibbling and scratching at your trees can cause root damage, scarring, insect infiltration, and more. Use repellents and physical barriers to protect your trees. Also, trim tall grass and remove debris where wildlife might shelter.

Call the Professionals

If you want an ISA-certified arborist’s expertise, then call Southern Star Tree Service. Our experts can properly prepare your trees for the wintertime and give you maintenance tips. Our representatives are ready and happy to take your call.


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