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Early Bloom Spells Disaster to Trees

 Early blooming trees can be hazardous to its overall health

Unusually warm winter weather has been tricking our trees and plants to bloom early this year. This can be very dangerous for your trees, and may even threaten their lives. As rapidly fluctuating periods of cold and warm weather descend upon us, your trees can become heavily damaged by a bevy of conditions including:

  • Death to early new growth on branches and twigs. This leaves unwanted deadwood on your trees that draw invasive insects and disease.
  • Frozen buds on early blooming trees and plants, which can delay vital new growth.
  • Frost Crack, leading to large patches of deadwood that can attract insects and disease.
  • Winter burn caused by dehydration.

Since we can’t control the weather, the best strategy is prevention. Use these 3 simple solutions to combat fluctuating temperatures:

  • Keep the roots insulated from large temperature shifts. The most important part of the tree is the roots. Protecting them is key to helping maintain its health.
  • Water your tree to combat winter burn by giving it the moisture it needs to stay healthy.
  • Wrap small trees and shrubs with a sturdy blanket made of burlap or another strong material. This will help keep it warm when the cold comes back, reducing the effect of these conditions.

Our ISA Certified Arborists will come to your house, and go over a step by step plan to keep your trees safe. Give us a call and schedule your appointment now!

Author: Cindy Giroud

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