How To Prepare Trees For Winter And Summer

Preparing Your Trees and Plants for Any Weather

Understanding how to prepare your trees for both winter and summer is important for their overall health and longevity. As we transition through each season, trees face distinct challenges that can impact their well-being. Proper winter preparation involves safeguarding trees against freezing temperatures, and snow accumulation, preventing potential damage to branches and roots. On the other hand, warm weather preparation focuses on mitigating the effects of scorching temperatures and drought, ensuring trees receive sufficient hydration and protection from heat stress as well as unwanted pests. Proper care throughout the year not only enhances a tree’s resilience but also promotes growth and vibrant foliage. Understanding how to care for your trees in each season will keep your home or business looking clean and maintain it’s value and curb appeal. This blog will outline how to take care of your trees regardless of the season

Cold Weather, Snow & Frost: Tips To Prepare your Trees for Winter

Preparing your trees for winter frost makes sure that they survive the cold weather and thrive for many years to come.These thoughtful steps not only help trees navigate immediate winter challenges but also contribute to their lasting health and vitality. Here are some ways to prepare your trees for the chilly winter season;

Mulch In The Winter and in Spring

Many people think they only need to mulch their trees in the spring, but it’s important to mulch in the winter, too! Apply an even layer of mulch around the base of trees to insulate the soil, helping to regulate temperature and protect roots from freezing through the winter. It’s also a good idea to fertalize your soil before applying the mulch to make sure your plants and trees are well nourished.

Prevent Ice and Snow Damage

Excessive snow or ice accumulation has the potential to harm trees and shrubs. Safely clear snow from shrubs by gently brushing upward with a broom. Avoid attempting to remove ice from shrubs, as branches laden with ice tend to be brittle and prone to breakage when cold. It’s advisable to postpone pruning dead or broken branches until spring when buds begin to expand, ensuring a more favorable and less risky approach to tree care.

Protect From Salt Damage

Excessive buildup of deicing salts, whether from surface application or sprays, particularly prevalent along roadsides or sidewalks, can result in severe leaf and needle scorch, potentially leading to the death of buds and branches. When utilizing de-icers, exercise caution and apply only the necessary amount to melt the snow or ice. It’s essential to strike a balance, as an overuse of salt can have detrimental effects on vegetation.

Protecting Your Newly Planted Saplings

Young or newly planted trees, with their tender bark, are particularly vulnerable to drought injury during winter. To prevent harm, ensure adequate hydration for young trees and shrubs throughout the summer and fall until the ground freezes during winter. Water trees deeply and in infrequent sessions, ensuring the entire root zone and delicate bark remain adequately moist while allowing the soil to dry out between watering intervals. This strategic approach to watering enhances the resilience of young trees, safeguarding both their roots against potential winter drought stress.

Care for Your Shrubs, Too!

Don’t forget to show your shrubs some love too! Here are a few tips to keep your shrubs looking good all year round! Begin by giving them a thorough watering before it gets cold and the ground freezes to provide ample moisture while dormant. Apply an even layer of mulch around the base of shrubs to insulate the soil, preventing temperature extremes and minimizing stress on their roots. Prune away any dead or diseased branches to promote healthy growth and reduce winter damage. Consider wrapping vulnerable shrubs with burlap or providing windbreaks to shield them from harsh winter winds. These proactive measures contribute to the overall well-being of shrubs, helping them thrive when warmer temperatures return.

Removing a Tree During Wintertime

If you need to remove a tree from your landscaping, winter is a great time to do so! There are a number of reasons why this is helpful. In winter, trees are dormant, which means less overall trauma for the tree and any surrounding plants. The soil is also hardened with means less disruption to your landscape. Perhaps the biggest bonus of all is that the tree will be rid of any foliage, making cleanup easy. If you’re uncertain a tree needs to be removed, contact us for more information. Some signs to look out for are severe cracking, heavy leaning (especially near a home, building or road) visible pests, and few or no leaves.

Tips For Summer

As the warm embrace of summertime unfolds, your attention to tree care becomes particularly crucial during this the warmther months. The longer daylight hours and favorable weather conditions create an environment where trees flourish, demanding more attention and care. Here are some essential tips to guide you through your tree maintenance routine in the summertime, ensuring their optimal health and vitality.

Water- but not too much!

Maintain the hydration of your trees, paying extra attention to younger saplings, which are particularly susceptible to the heat. It is advisable to water your trees on a weekly basis, and increase to twice a week during periods of intense heat. This routine is crucial to keep your tree adequately moisturized, ensuring they stay cool and well-nourished in the face of challenging weather conditions. Consistent and mindful watering not only fortifies the health of the trees but also promotes their overall vitality, contributing to their ability to thrive in diverse environmental conditions.


It’s recommended to prune in the winter, however there are benefits to lightly pruning a tree in the summertime as well. It’s important to prune to maintain the overall health of your tree. Pruinging your tree helps to remove weak limbs or decay and disease that may compromise it’s health as well as the other plants sorrounding it. If you have a tree or shrub near the side of your home, it’s also advisable to prune the branches so that your siding doesn’t become damaged and to prevent mold or rot.

Regularly Inspect Your Plants.

Frequently inspect your trees for any signs of damage, especially during the summertime when insects are more active. Insects may burrow into your trees, laying their young inside, potentially introducing diseases that can swiftly infest your trees. Any form of damage, such as cuts or wounds, can provide entry points for these insects. It is crucial to promptly notice and recognize such issues, addressing them swiftly. Indications like yellowing leaves, dieback of branches, or weeping wounds should be taken seriously, prompting you to seek assistance from your local arborist for timely intervention and proper tree care.

Our Services are Here to Help

At Joseph Tree, our commitment to arboricultural excellence is mirrored in the wide range of services we so proudly provide to meet all your tree care needs. Our talented and dedicated team of arborists are ready to offer a diverse array of solutions aimed at enhancing the health, longevity, and aesthetic appeal of your trees. Here are a few of the services we offer:

  • Tree Removal
  • Tree Trimming
  • Preventative Tree & Plant Care
  • Tree Services for Commercial Properties
  • & More!

Feel free to reach out to us if any of our services pique your interest or if you seek professional consultation. Our dedicated team is readily available to assist you in any way possible. Whether you have inquiries about specific services, require expert advice on arboricultural matters, or are considering a comprehensive consultation for your property, we’re here to provide the support and guidance you need. Contact us with any questions, we’re happy to help!