Effective Ways of Protecting Young Trees in Winter
Do you live in an area that is known for being brutally cold during winter? Unfortunately, this isn’t good news for those of you that are growing trees and plants in your garden. There aren’t that many plants out there that can survive the winter cold unless you put in the appropriate measures. In this article, we have a look at several methods you can use to protect young tress in winter.
1. Keeping ground warm
One of the bigger issues you are going to have to deal with is water. Your tree will shrivel up and die if the roots do not get enough water throughout the winter. To solve this problem, deep water your trees before the ground starts to freeze. The roots can also become permanently damaged when the ground freezes up. The best thing you can do is to use methods that draw in warmth around the tree. One method people like to use is to place a thick layer of mulch around the tree. Bear in mind, however, that this can also promote the breeding of various pests when spring comes along.
2. Wrap your trees
Another method you can use to protect young trees in winter is to wrap them up. For example, some gardeners like to wrap the young trees with a material called WeedBlock, a landscape fabric that helps with protecting the trees from effects like sun scald. You don’t have to wrap the whole tree trunk. Most people like to wrap their trees till the first branch.
Ultimately, it’s not an easy job to protect young trees in winter. They are much more vulnerable to the cold than adult trees are because they don’t have a solid rooting system in place. Make sure you also prune any weak branches because they’ll just put unnecessary pressure on the tree’s foundation.