Winter time may seem like the time to take a break from yard care however, there are some things you need to be aware of concerning tree care. With the weather changes during the winter time, cold stress can occur.
Trees that have gotten a late start on growth can be extra vulnerable because it has not had enough time to establish growth to prepare for the cold. The young tree can experience rupturing on the tips of branches creating a risk of branches dying off the following season.
There are some precautions you can take, such as using a “cold weather tree blanket” which keeps the tree safe from cold weather. However, for the most part there is little that can be done to stop this from happening. However there are a couple things that should be done that help with this issue.
Waiting to prune until after the tree has gone into dormancy (such as winter time) will help with this. Premature pruning inspires new growth and increases the risk of frost damage.
It is also important to note that gradual pruning should be practiced to protect the health of the tree, especially when it comes to the crown of the tree. You should never remove more than one quarter of the tree’s crown in a three month period.
Waiting until the winter time to prune your tree (as well as your rose and other bushes) is best. Pruning before budding encourages new growth and fruit production.