If you’ve planted trees recently, now is a really crucial time for them. Winter can be tough on young trees which means it’s critical to give them as much TLC as possible. It’s also important to make sure they don’t come into contact with harsh chemicals such as insecticides and weed killers (pruning and weeding should be safe). – Keep your trees thriving year-round with these tree care tips.
If you’ve lost your leaves, you can look for the green by taking some twigs and peeling back the bark. You can do this by scraping the top with your fingernails or cutting it with a knife. If there are still buds, they indicate that it is alive. Be sure to fill in the gaps in soil when watering your plants. This way, the water won’t stay on the surface of the ground and it can be absorbed by the roots.
Pat with your foot to make sure the new soil has settled firmly. Remove excess water from around trees that may have been damaged by frost by channeling it away from the plant.
You need to water trees the first couple of years of their life, especially if there are no leaves to shade it. This is even more crucial during a drought year.
The best way to prepare the soil around a tree is by applying a thick layer of natural mulch. Avoid applying it directly to the trunk – this can carry viruses and other diseases.
When done, you must ensure all mulch is dispersed evenly over the top, leaving no gaps from from one side to the other. Wrapping your tree’s roots in burlap can help protect them against extreme cold weather. It also helps maintain the moisture in soil.
Trees need protection from pesky animals, so put some guards on and around them. This will help stop pests from eating buds and leaves, or peeling off the bark. Check guards in spring and autumn, make sure they are not rubbing the tree or missing bark.
If you’re not satisfied with your current protection, you should consider adding more guards. For example, if protection from deer is something you need, add a taller fence. Replace or adjust any guards that have caused any damage to the tree. Remove them when the risk of damage is gone.
To prevent breakage, keep your tree staked for the first year of its life. This will help reduce breakage and improve its resilience to strong winds. Make sure that there is some loose space left; this will encourage trunk growth.
It is important to check that the stake and string will allow the tree to sway. I would remove the stake of your tree when it gets too tightly bound. Test the tree to see if it will stand on its own by loosening the tie. If it stays upright, don’t need to keep it tied down. If the tree leans and starts to lean over roots, shorten the stake.
In order to ensure a healthy and happy tree, make sure to clear away any weeds or long grass from the area where you want to plant it. It should be outfitted with a mulch mat, bark or brushwood chipping when planted in ideal conditions.
Mulch will help retain moisture near the roots, preventing them from drying out. It also reduces the competition for growing light and water. Plus, it keeps lawn mowers away from your tree to reduce turf damage.
If you want to prevent rodents from damaging your tree, mulching around the tree’s trunk is an easy way to keep them away. You could also use pest repellents when planting new trees. Check trees regularly for pests – if you see any, scrape them off and put tree guards around the tree to keep other pests away. If the tree is 3m tall then remove the wire cage.
Some people think that cutting branches back can be controversial as it leaves the tree unable to grow as much as it should. Listen to concerns from your local tree surgeon in North London before pruning trees in the winter. New growths struggle when there is difficult weather in winter.
Getting rid of one of the competing leads when there are two, to leave only one dominate shoot, can be beneficial for the tree. Make sure to cut down broken or struggling branches without removing the collar (called the bulge near trunk), close to the trunk. Cut straight across evenly to avoid damaging more than necessary.
To make sure a new tree grows up to be healthy, you should give it a little bit of love during the cold winter. Spring is around the corner and it’s time to take care of our plants! You should check your plants annually in March or April.
Happy tree caring!