Just because trees are dormant, it does not mean they don’t need your care in the wintertime!.
Winter & Early Spring Tree Tips
MULCH! MULCH! MULCH!
In January, when Christmas trees are discarded, cut foot long branches with your pruning shears and put them on street tree beds to a depth of about 6-8 inches. Mulch prevents soil compaction, conserves moisture, moderates soil temperature and absorbs salt residue and dog excrement.
Remove the branches in early to mid- March. The mulch will have soaked up the rock salt residue from the snow piled up around the tree. Alternatively, pick up a few bags of Christmas Tree Mulch at your local Mulch Fest chipping site and add a layer of 1-2 inches of mulch in the tree bed.
REMOVE HOLIDAY LIGHTS
Make sure to remove or loosen holiday lights before the growing season in the spring. Long-term holiday light installations will girdle and eventually kill the tree or tree branches on which they are tightly wrapped.
USE ROCK SALT ALTERNATIVES
Use alternatives to rock salt (sodium chloride) such as calcium chloride, urea or coarse builder sand. Although these alternatives may be more expensive or harder to find, they cause less damage to the roots of street trees. Rock salt affects the ability of the tree’s fine roots to absorb water, nutrients and oxygen.