Tree Care Tips for Nashville Winter

Tree Care Tips For Winter

Planting Trees

Our first tree care for winter is that January is a great month to plant dormant trees.   Plants that go dormant in winter (stop growing and lose leaves) include most deciduous trees such as maples, poplars, ashes, birches, and oaks. Many nurseries should have a variety of these, plus bare root rose, vine, and fruit trees, including apricot, plum, apple, pear, and peach. Make sure to use an organic compost planting mix to the soil when planting. This will help the soil to have the right consistency for receiving nutrients and water.

Prune Trees

Winter is a good time to prune dead, diseased limbs, or overgrowth. This helps strengthen the remaining branches and encourages new, stronger growth in the spring. Make sure to remove any new growth at the tree’s base or stems from branches. Avoid pruning bigger, well-established branches. This can be stressful to the tree and hinder future growth. This is a good time to shape the tree so it looks great in spring. Winter is also a good time to trim evergreens. Do not prune azaleas, winter camellias, winter daphne, or trees that are “bleeders” such as birch trees or japanese maples.

Mulch To Defend Against Weeds

It takes only a small amount of rain to begin new weed growth. Place a 3 to 4 inch layer of mulch in garden beds and other landscaped areas. The mulch will prevent sunlight from penetrating the soil and keep weed seeds from sprouting. By adding mulch now and eliminating new weed growth, you’ll be saved from the hassle of pulling weeds in spring. Mulch also helps to regulate soil temperature so frost damage is less of a worry.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Many cities offer curbside Christmas tree collection during the two weeks following Christmas. Remove all ornaments, lights, and tinsel; saw the tree in half if taller than six feet. Every year, Christmas trees are recycled into mulch that is then used in agriculture and in home and business landscaping.

In the event of snow, be sure to shake or brush off the white stuff from the branches of your evergreens and shrubs. The light fluffy snow poses no real threat, but if it should become wet and frozen, the weight dramatically increases. Branches are more brittle when the plants are dormant, and the weight of the snow may snap them off.

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