How to Prepare Your Trees for Winter

It’s fall, and that means it’s time to get your trees ready for winter. Here are some tips to prep your trees for cold weather:

  1. Close-up of yellow birch trees in the fallFertilize – Winter can be tough on plants and trees. One of the best things you can do to protect trees in the winter is to fertilize them in the fall. Proper fertilization can improve your trees’ lifespan and protects them from insects and diseases.
  2. Rake – Not raking can create the perfect environment for fungi to thrive. Without removing the leaves, you increase the chances your trees will contract diseases during the spring when the weather warms and fungal spores are released.
  3. Water – Trees can suffer drought stress during winter just like summer. Make sure they stay hydrated by watering your trees’ root zone.
  4. Mulch – Mulching can help plants and trees stay warm and hydrated during fall and winter months. Just make sure to not pile it up directly against the trunk as this can lead to rot.
  5. Inspect – Make sure your trees and plants are free of disease and insects. Mites, beetles, lace bugs, and many other pests are very active during this time of year.
  6. Plant Winter is the perfect time to plant trees in Alabama. The cooler fall weather makes for the perfect condition to stimulate root growth among newly planted trees.

If your Alabama nursery is in need of autumn trees, contact us today at (800) 892-4326. We have the shade trees and ornamental trees that are perfect for your clients’ commercial and residential lawns!