Cold Weather Maintenance For Trees (Part 1)

1428174_22265680Issue: The effect of rapid temperature change on older trees.
Solution: The tree can generally self-heal. However, you may want to invest in cold weather blankets

A Tri-Cities winter can be hard on trees, even those that are accustomed to our cold, winter climates. Stress caused by temperature, lack of water and moisture, pests, and breakage can take its toll. While you can’t do much about the weather here in the Tri-Cities, you can take steps to lessen the impact.

Frost injury can occur when a tree is growing during early fall or late spring and a freeze injures or kills vulnerable tree tissue. To avoid frost damage, plant trees that are native to the Tri-Cities area, cover trees if frost is expected, avoid frost-prone sites and stay away from nitrogen fertilizer at the end of the growing season. “Frost crack” can cause damage to trees by lengthening already existing wounds after repeated freezes.

One way you can care for your trees and lessen the harsh winter conditions is by wrapping your tree(s) in a winter blanket. You can typically find tree blankets at hardware stores like Ace Hardware, Home Depot, and Lowes. If you aren’t sure if this is the best way to go for taking care of your tree, we are more than happy to help answer any questions you have.

Now, if you do not feel comfortable or simply don’t have the proper tools to do any tree maintenance, we are more than happy to do any of this work for you. Also, if you have multiple trees to remove or just don’t have the time to do it, we are here for you. We can handle all of your tree maintenance needs and services in the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Richland, Pasco) and even West Richland. We look forward to being your preferred tree maintenance provider.