Protect Your Trees This Winter

It’s almost Winter here in the Vail Valley and that means that the cold winds and wet snow are on their way. The Winter elements can have drastic effects on the health of your trees. Below are three simple tasks you can do over the weekend to prolong the life of your trees during these harsh Winter months.

Rake Fallen Leaves

Raking and disposing of all fallen leaves in your lawn is more than just ascetically pleasing. It also prevents the spread of disease from going air-born. The last thing you want is these air-born diseases to land on your trees.

raking leaves for winter prep

Water Your Trees Before The Snow Falls

Watering your trees during prolonged dry Fall and Winter periods prevents root damage. Water your trees before the snow covers them when air and soil temperatures are above 40 degrees. Apply water to the most critical part of the root spread. Established trees have a root spread up to three times the size of it’s canopy.

wet pine

Weight Reduction

The snow is inevitably going to fall and some snowfalls can become quite heavy on branches causing them to snap. Simply knocking off the snow of the branches that you can reach can drastically reduce the effect of the heavy snow.

snow on tree branches

The Vail Valley is a beautiful place to be during the Winter season, but we need to remember that trees are constantly being hit with Winter elements and need some extra care to survive. Completing these simple tasks will extend the life of your trees. If you need more advice on tree care or would like us to come out and perform some of these tasks, shoot us an email at [email protected] or call us at 970-389-7081.