Protecting Trees from Frost

Caring for Blue Spruce TreesIt might be hard to believe but winter is right around the corner; and here in Colorado, we’ve already faced some cold temperatures and snow showers.

If you have trees that are susceptible to cold weather, it’s time to do all you can to protect them from upcoming frosts.

Trees that experience severe enough weather and temperatures can be damaged and killed as a result. Here are some tips on how to best protect your trees.

Plant Trees Properly

If you’re thinking about planting trees, be strategic: avoid planting young trees in windy, exposed places that get too much sun or could be easily covered in a draft.

Protect Your Trees

If you’ve already planted the trees in your yard, don’t worry: you can take steps to protect them from the cold by insulating them.

How to Insulate

The best way to insulate your plants for the winter is to create a burlap barrier. You’ll essentially need to build a fence and fortify it with burlap, protecting the south, southwest, and windward sides of the tree.

If you’re unable to build a barrier, wrap the roots and trunk with burlap, making sure to leave a portion of the top of the tree exposed to allow for light and air to penetrate the tree.

Water the Tree

Another way to prevent winter injuries in your trees is to keep your trees well-watered throughout the cold season. Brittle, thirsty branches and roots are more susceptible to winter damage. Decrease the amount of water that you give your trees slightly in the early fall, and once the hardening process occurs, water thoroughly until the ground freezes.

Use Mulch as Barrier

A healthy mulch barrier can help prevent winter injuries as well. Apply 3 or 4 inches of bark mulch or pine stray to the base of your tree, leaving space between the mulch and trunk. This will keep the ground insulated and frozen.

Spruce Point Tree Farm is a trusted source for hearty, beautiful, high altitude Colorado Blue Spruce Trees. Contact us today to find out more about our trees and our services at 970-379-2241.