The winter season isn’t exactly a wonderful time for the trees in your lawn. After all, not all plants and trees are meant to thrive when the sun is barely out and the soil is prone to freezing. Once an unexpected frost arrives, the cells of woody plants can be quickly damaged before they’ve become strong enough to fend off the cold winds.
As winter continues, the onset of dry winds can negatively affect evergreen trees and coniferous trees. Then again, simply exposing them to heat isn’t such a good idea. After all, warm temperatures can remove the moisture contained in the leave of the trees. This will just make it harder for the tree roots to get enough moisture.
So, what can you do? Well, wrapping trees for winter is an easy way to keep them safe during the season. Here, we’ll discuss how it’s done and how it actually protects your trees.
Not all plants and trees should be wrapped during the winter. In fact, covering them with burlap is not a necessity when the winter weather is mild and barely results in any frosts. However, when the temperature begins to drop significantly wrapping trees is a great option.
A lot of perennial trees are hardy enough to withstand the winter season. They can still be affected if they don’t get enough nutrients and if they are located in soil that is soaked and is poorly-drained. And young trees need all the possible protection during the winter as they have yet to establish enough tolerance to the season.
Wrapping trees is done by using a double-layered piece burlap, which is a woven fiber made from sisal fiber or jute fiber. Of course, you do not just place the burlap around the tree. Thus, you would need to get four wooden posts or stakes. These stakes will allow the burlap to be spread enough above and around the tree without coming into contact with it.
Now, you need to stick these wooden posts or stakes around the area of the tree. Place on in each corner so that there is equal space between each post or stake. Likewise, this placement ensures an equal distance between each stake to the tree. Get the double-layered piece of burlap and attach each corner to one of the wooden posts or stakes.
By now, you would have had successfully wrapped the tree in burlap while keeping the cover firm thanks to the wooden posts or stakes. Even if harsh and dry winter winds come around, the burlap attached to the wooden posts or stakes wouldn't easily get flown away.
You must not let the burlap come into contact with the tree. Winter is a season of snow, water, and ice. When the burlap is exposed to water and freezing, it could damage the tree. Moreover, having the burlap become too close to the tree will reduce the chances of your tree receiving enough sunlight. The tree branches will be affected too as they become closer together and become prone to disease.
Also, remember that wrapping the tree is done only the winter isn’t just mild. As soon as the temperature increases a bit, you must remove the double-layered burlap. However, it would be best to keep the four stakes surrounding your tree throughout winter. This will make it easier for you to place the burlap again once the winter frost arrives.
The placement of burlap is helpful for many reasons. For one, it serves as a buffer to protect your trees from frost, strong winds and too much sun exposure, which is not good for new and young trees. Your trees will still get enough air and sunlight, but not to the point being harmful to the trees.
Speaking of the sun, wrapping trees will help protect your trees from what is commonly known as a sunscald. While the sun does not actually scald the trees, the damage to the trunk or bark is real. This is especially true for young trees. What’s worse is that the effects won’t show up until the spring season arrives once winter is over.
During the winter, the sun still generates enough heat to support the cambial processes of trees. This is a process wherein xylem cells are made. These xylem cells are responsible for carrying water and solutes from the root system up to the leaves.
The problem, however, is when the sun is suddenly blocked by the clouds or a structure. Once the tree stops receiving adequate sunlight, the temperature of the bark drops and effectively damages active tissues. By covering the tree with burlap, you can prevent it from experiencing sunscald.
Overall, it is important to wrap your trees when the winter season becomes severe. It’s easy to do with easy to buy materials. With the help of burlap, your trees won’t succumb to harsh winds and sunscald.
We hope that this guide helped you keep your trees healthy in the winter. If you have any questions, do give us a comment.
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