How to Care for Young Trees in winter

How to Care for Young Trees in winter

How to Care for Young Trees in winterThe coldest season of the year can be extremely hard on a tree and could lead to tree removal if not taken care of correctly. Young or newly planted trees are especially susceptible to the season because they lack established, extensive root systems and mature, thick bark. By taking these simple steps now, you can ensure that your tree will be ready for this winter.

Branches & Foliage

Heavy snow and ice can pile onto young branches and cause breaking. Prune broken branches as needed. When snow piles up, remove with a broom, using gentle upward movement. In snowy areas, protect upright evergreens, such as cedar or juniper, with special mesh covers.


Young trees need adequate soil moisture through their first two to three winters. In regions where the ground frees, consider irrigating during winter thaws when the water can penetrate the soil.

In the late fall to early winter, place a 2 to 3 inch thick layer of organic mulch that extends just beyond the trees drip line. This is very important for with newly planted trees.

If your tree is in a windy spot ot is top-heavy, consider staking. Use a method that allows the trunk to sway and move freely to enhance strong trunk growth. Attach the tree to the stakes using wide pieces of a strong weather resistant material.


Remove irrigation bags from trunks before freezing weather arrives. Leave bags in place and you risk giving rodents a cozy winter housing. And until young trees develop hard, ridged bark, they’re prized by gnawing rodents, such as rabbits and moles.

Rickert Tree Services

Rickert Tree Service genuinely cares for your trees. We know how hard winter can be on your newly planted or young trees. If you have any question about your trees, give is a call.