yard garden

You've readied your yard garden for winter, but have you thought of your trees? Gardening doesn't stop at the backyard plants that grow in the space you designate the garden. From sapling to Sequoia (ok, maybe not that big), the trees on your property should always be counted among your yard garden flora.

In 2017, the U.S. home and garden market was worth approximately $272 billion dollars. Tree planting makes up a large part of that and, with increasing environmental consciousness, tree care has become an essential topic of graceful greenskeeping. Sure, trees might seem more doughty than the delicate flowers in your yard garden, but they need winter protection, too. Here's what you need to know.

 

Keep them hydrated

Throughout autumn, it's important to make sure your trees are receiving ample hydration. Think about it, they're about to spend several months lying dormant and need the energy to survive the harsh elements. Larger trees are better at self-regulating, but young trees and small saplings are especially vulnerable. Keep them well watered.

 

They get cold, too

While you're chilled to the bone this winter, trees are out there getting cold as well. When the winter sun shows its golden face, tree trunks wake up for the warmer surface temperatures. Deceived into leaving dormancy, when the temperature plummets again, those active cells die which can cause permanent scarring and, in severe cases, may even kill trees. This can be avoided by wrapping the trunk of trees from base to below the lower branches with tree wrap, a supply you can find at most garden centers.

As long as we're talking about protecting them, food for various woodland critters becomes pretty scarce during the winter. This makes your saplings look like yummy morsels to them. Do your smaller trees a favor and surround them with whatever protective netting you find most appropriate to keep the hungry creatures from turning your saplings to snack-lings.

 

Give them a blanket

Not a literal blanket, but close. Covering the base of your trees in a healthy layer of mulch does wonders for them. That small layer insulates the roots against extreme temperatures, keeps moisture in, and generally protects against soil disturbance that can be caused by wintertime temperature fluctuations.

 

Trees are part of the garden, too. Once you've got your garden and your trees ready for winter, then you can head indoors for a steamy cup of cocoa.