Wrapping Trees for Winter Protection

Wintertime brings out the simplest version of our trees. They’re exposed, bare, and have to survive in dry, harsh air in cold, bitter temps. A great way to help your trees to stay warm is by wrapping your trees for winter protection.

Regardless of what type of trees you have, you have to protect them from winter’s most harsh elements. Call a Harrisburg Tree  Service Contractor if you need professional help.

What You Must Know About Wrapping Trees for Winter

Young trees, or trees of any age with thin bark, gain from winter protection.

How?

Whenever the sun comes out on a cold winter day, it heats the tree’s bark. Also, the tissue under the bark warms up. However, as soon as the sun fades behind a cloud or building, the bark temperature swiftly drops, which might damage the tissue, leaving the bark dry and cracked. This is referred to as sunscald. If you wrap your trees, you aid in shielding them from it.

The Best Tree Wrap for Winter

The best tree wrap for winter depends on what type of tree you have. If a tree has thin bark and loses its leaves in the autumn, the best way to safeguard it is by wrapping the trunk in a plastic tree guard.

This works for thin-barked trees such as poplar, maple, aspen, sycamore, or linden. Use this technique for any freshly planted tree that leaves are gone. It would be best if you wrapped the tree from the bottom up to the lowest limbs to help shield it from sunscald.

How to Wrap Evergreen Trees with Burlap

There are two ways to protect your evergreen tree with burlap. It keeps the cold air out and stops animals from eating it.

Loosely wrap burlap completely around the tree, from the lowest limbs to slightly over the highest peak. Pin the burlap temporarily, cut from the spool, and remove the pins. To secure, use twine to tie the bottom, middle, and top of the tree.

Another option is to get a few wooden stakes (about 3 of them) that are a little taller than the tree. Put one stake in front, one on the side of the tree that receives the most wind, and the last one on either side of the tree. Your goal is to form a triangle. Put a couple of pieces of burlap around the stakes, securing them with staples. When you are finished, you should have what looks like a safety barrier surrounding your tree.

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