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Is Your Backyard Winter Ready?

Preparing your backyard for winter is more often just a matter of cleaning and covering up. As leaves begin to fall and the air becomes cold, it is important for property owners to lend a helping hand to your backyard and to prepare your trees to face the heavy winds and cold snow ahead. By taking these few simple steps during fall, you can make your backyard winter ready in advance.

Cleanup

Before focusing on making your plants strong to face the cold months ahead, spend some time cleaning up the dead trees from your property. Hire a tree services at North Shore company to remove fallen or dead trees. Replant or remove seedlings that have appeared closer to other plants or your home.

Trim

Trimming trees is important to ensure beauty, structural integrity and the overall health of your trees. Pruning or tree lopping involves removing decaying or dead branches, which compromise the overall general durability of a tree. This is important in maintaining the wellbeing of your plants during cold months ahead.

Structural tree supports                    

Additionally to pruning, providing structural support to weak branches helps in preventing trees against winter damage. Heavy snow adds excessive weight on vulnerable branches and heavy winds can create unexpected movement than what a weak branch can manage.

Risk assessment

Getting your backyard checked by arborist experts can avoid problems before an accident strike. Arborists can identify possible risks such as structurally unstable trees, risky branches and other defects. Preventive maintenance can reduce these possible hazards before snow and strong winter wind could damage your property.

Water

Although we are familiar with a drought during warm months, a winter drought may seems like a paradox. Although the winter months usually are full of rainfall, winter could be as dry as the summer. Treat your plants with sufficient or even extra water during autumn. Mulch is an alternate way to prevent damage caused by a winter drought.

Mulch

Place a two or three inch thick layer of decaying leaves or compost around smaller trees to preserve roots during cold months. The mulch will help minimize the damage from snow to the roots while preserving dampness around roots. Ensure to place mulch at a distance from the trunk to prevent fungus growth.

Fertilize

During the transition from warm months to cold months, the soil surrounding your trees suffer from nutrient loss. Treat your plants with soil fertilizers during Fall months. A slow-release fertilizer will help your trees sustain nutrients during cold months and minimize damage and diseases.