Increase Winter Survival of Trees
High winds, flooding, ice and snow are weather issues gardeners and their trees confront each winter. Keeping trees healthy and properly pruned can prevent storm damage.
Trees, large or small, with a strong central leader, the single trunk, and well spaced branches perpendicular to that trunk are best able to tolerate snow, ice and even hurricane strength winds. Topping trees, by removing large branches or the top of the tree, promotes weak growth that is more prone to storm damage.
A sound root structure is critical as well. It ensures the tree can absorb needed water and nutrients, but also keeps it firmly anchored in the soil. Trees whose roots have been damaged, removed or buried are the ones more likely to fall over in highly saturated soil.
And when problems arise consult a certified arborist to alleviate hazards and determine the best course of action.
A bit more information: Monitor your trees throughout the year and watch for any changes and make needed adjustments in their care. For more information check out my Great Courses “How to Grow Anything: Make Your Trees and Shrubs Thrive” DVD set. I’ll show you how to plant, prune and care for these important landscape plants.
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