Protect Your Trees During the Wintertime
Excessively cold weather, snow, and ice can cause extensive damage to trees and shrubs during the wintertime. However, this can be prevented by properly protecting your trees during the winter. Prevention is really the best offense you can take against snow, ice, sun scald, and severely cold winds.
The fist step you should take is to apply a nice thick layer of mulch around the base of your tree in the fall months. You’re also going to want to provide your tree(s) with one last fertilizer treatment before the start of serious winter weather.
Frost cracks can also cause severe damage to your tree. These can be prevented by wrapping the base of your tree in burlap or tree paper for the winter.
Pests such as deer, insects, and other rodents will also attach your tree as a food source (bark). You can prevent this by installing some small fencing around the area of each tree.
While you may have little control over what happens to your tree during the winter, these prevention tips should help significantly when trees begin to bud and grow again during the springtime.