If you think your backyard trees simply hibernate during winter, think again. The show may seem over once autumn leaves fall, but there’s actually a lot that trees do during winter to get ready for spring.
Take tree growth, for starters: most of the growing points in a tree are protected inside winter jackets called buds. Food reserves are carefully conserved for the coming needs of spring, and water continues to move through a tree until it freezes. Still, trees remain vulnerable during these protective stages, and they need your help to be more efficient and effective now so they can thrive in spring. The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) suggests the following six tree-care chores for your winter maintenance list.
A tree that’s well-tended now will bring you a wonderful show in spring, so invest a little time over the next few months to help yours through this challenging season. For more tree care tips, check out www.treesaregood.org , and find an ISA-certified arborist for bigger projects at www.isa-arbor.com .