Dec 18, 2017

Successful Winter Tree Planting

Why plant trees in the winter? It may sound strange, but the winter season can be an excellent time for planting and transplanting trees, because it results in less risk of shock. Once the first frost of the season has frozen the ground, most trees go into a dormant state until the warmth of early spring arrives. During the winter, a tree’s branches are bare, and the roots can be cut and moved without overwhelming its health. In fact, it is for this reason that some of the best varieties of trees can be found in abundance at your local nursery. Still, many homeowners are reluctant to plant in the winter, simply because they are inexperienced or nervous about how to plant without freezing their new sapling. At 404-CUT-TREE, we work year-round to help home and business owners keep their trees vibrant and healthy, and we want to do the same for you. Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you have a successful winter tree planting season.

Get Your Trees Ready for Spring Blooming

When you plant, or transplant, your sapling in the early winter, you’ll give the new tree a few months to build a strong and stable root system before spring growth. When the weather warms, and springtime arrives,  your tree will have developed the foundation it needs to produce lush leaves and bountiful blossoms.

Avoid Planting in Frozen Soil

While cold soil isn’t necessarily an issue for planting most tree varieties, frozen soil can pose a problem. Hard, immovable dirt can impede successful root growth over the next few months. If you have experienced sleet, snow, or other extreme winter weather, it may be wise to wait for the soil temperatures to rise slightly before getting your shovel out of the shed.

Protect Trees from Rodents

When the season’s freezing temperatures arrive, rodents, rabbits, and other pests may find your newly planted tree to be a cozy resting spot. Because hungry rodents will be tempted to nibble at your newly forming roots, it’s important to keep these pests under control and far away from your new sapling. Remove any wraps or covers that may have been placed around the bottom of the trunk to make the area less desirable for mice and insects. You may also want to invest in a rodent trap or some other device specifically made for outdoor pest control.

Don’t Use Salt Near the Newly Planted Tree

It’s common for homeowners to salt their driveways, porches, and frequently trafficked areas of their yard for safety reasons. While pouring a layer of salt may help your family and friends avoid injury from slips and falls, it can do a lot of harm to your newly planted trees. Keep in mind that rain and snow can carry salt with runoff to areas where you didn’t intend it to go, so try to be observant and cautious when using salt on your property.

Do You Need Help Caring for Your Atlanta, Georgia Trees This Winter? Call 404-CUT-TREE Today

Are you an Atlanta, Georgia area home or business owner in need of some winter care for your trees? Contact the certified arborists and tree care professionals at 404-CUT-TREE today. Whether you need planting advice, winter pruning and trimming, a tree risk assessment, or tree service, our team of experts at 404-CUT-TREE stands ready to put their tools and experience to work for your property. Contact our office today for more information or to schedule a convenient appointment.