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Watering Trees During Winter Months

One of the most common question among homeowners with trees in their property is: should I water my trees during winter? If yes, how often do I need to water them?

Most trees go dormant during winter months, meaning they temporarily go into some kind of hibernation. However, while you might not be able to see some obvious changes in your tree during the winter season, your tree still continues to grow, although more slowly.

Also, just because your trees are currently in dormancy doesn’t mean they stop needing nutrients to live.

So, all things considered, yes, in most cases, you do need to water your trees during winter depending on, of course, where you live.

Tip for watering trees during winter:

  • During winter, it might be harder for you to water your trees, especially if it’s unbearably cold outside. The trick to keeping your trees well- taken care of during this time of year is proper preparation. You have to make sure that you water your tree regularly through fall until the time that the ground becomes frozen because of winter. This way, you can be confident that your tree will have enough hydration.
  • Even though you need to water your trees in winter, you don’t have to water them as often as you normally do. For grown trees, the recommended frequency of watering during other seasons is once a week. For newer trees, however, it should be twice a week. During winter months, though, your older trees need to be watered just once or twice a month, and newer trees every other week.  

Luckily here in South Surrey, BC we get much more rain than once a week during the winter months so this is not something we need to worry about. Only if we ever experienced a drought of any kind, would this be an issue? For more tips on pruning, tree cutting, and everything related to trees and landscaping, stay tuned for future blogs.

What Is Tree Pruning and Why Is it Important?

Back in our childhood, we all might have learned that trees need soil, water, and sunlight to survive. And that remains true, up to now.

However, aside from these basic needs of trees and plants alike, there are some other things trees need to grow healthier and have a longer life.

Tree pruning is one of the most common maintenance procedure done by expert arborists or tree surgeons to take care of trees and ensure that a tree is in a good condition.

Aside from being an effective means of preserving trees, tree pruning is also originally being practiced to make sure that a tree would not be a hazard to anyone during a storm.

In tree pruning, branches and other parts of the tree are trimmed or cut down strategically to prevent any loose or dead branches from suddenly falling off and damaging properties or hurting people because of strong winds.

Tree pruning is also done to facilitate the flow of air and sunlight through the tree itself, preventing the possibility of the tree suffering from diseases.

The process of pruning a tree may sound simple enough, but in reality, it isn’t as easy as it sounds. Proper pruning requires the skill and expertise of experienced tree arborists because you can’t just go on a branch-trimming spree while pruning.

When you prune a tree, not all branches need to be cut off, the branches that would be trimmed are carefully selected. If not, the tree could have stunted growth or could even die prematurely. Also, if the trees are not treated well after the actual cutting off its branches, the tree could catch damaging tree diseases.

So, instead of guessing which branches to cut off, it would be a lot safer if you just hire professionals to do the job. This way, you can have full confidence that your tree will be saved and will live for longer.