Winter Tree Care

Did you know trees sweat?

Well, they don’t sweat in the sense that we sweat but trees lose moisture through pores in their needles and leaves. Now, unless you are tree nerds as we at Old Growth are, this might not interest you. But it should! If we have another winter like last year moisture loss could lead to decreased health of your trees come spring. Fast forward to summer and it could mean infestation of bugs of some type or another. Leave that untreated and the tree could eventually lose needles on entire branches or even die completely.

Ready to learn a little bit about this tree “sweat”?

As I was saying, trees have pores in their needles and leaves. In summer the trees transpire through these pores. The water and nutrients are replaced by moisture from the ground and are taken into the tree through the roots. Similar to when we go for a run or a bike ride, we sweat and we have to replenish our body with water and nutrients during and after activity. In the summer and at times when the ground is not frozen this is a fluid system. Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and are less prone to this winter injury during their dormant season. However, conifers retain their needles and can be impacted by winter inju ry. Conifers will continue to release water from their needles at a greater rate than deciduous trees during the winter months. Trees that are most prone to this winter injury are wind exposed, south facing trees with minimal snow cover or water available to the root system. On warm sunny days when photosynthesis is at its greatest, trees will transpire, if the ground is still frozen or there is poor soil moisture, the tree will not be replacing the water lost through the needles. This is winter injury and the signs of it might not be seen until late summer and into the following fall season.

Now, what can be done to protect your trees?

There are a couple of things. A good snow pack would be the best and most fun option for all of us winter enthusiasts. With the continued pattern of lousy winters I don’t want to hold my breath on that one. So, good soil moisture going into winter will help prevent winter injury. The past two weeks of moisture have been amazing for setting up our trees for a good winter. However, if we start drying out, as is typical, watering via a soil injection could help when Mother Nature doesn’t. Another really good option is to spray trees with a waxy film that will act like chapstick for the needles. This waxy film will help prevent the transpiration through the needles and help the tree retain moisture during the winter. We call this treatment moisture guard, because it guards the trees from excessive moisture loss.

Give us a call if your trees need some winter protection

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Marcelle Pellerin
Marcelle Pellerin
14:47 06 Aug 19
Good morning old growth tree service TEAM🎉What a great way to begin your day!Those people are so professional and so nice. I really enjoyed watching Them doing there magic. Congratulations for selecting your employee!!!!Marcelle Huard 1130 June Creek RdEdward Coread more
Ilene Gauger
Ilene Gauger
20:11 16 May 19
We had several trees that needed major pruning. They showed up on time and were so professional. They did an amazing job of cleaning up - even raked the tire marks out of the dirt field. I would not hesitate to recommend them.read more
Glenn Frommer
Glenn Frommer
13:56 08 Nov 18
This is the email I wrote to Mike Earl, the owner of Old Growth, after they completed the removal of 15 Aspens and cleaned up 15 others. Mike - your crew did a really terrific job. I was amazed at how skilled they are at getting trees to land exactly where they want and was delighted by how thorough they were on the clean up of the job. Really appreciate your time in working with the Planning Board. Great job all around and we'll be working with you for years to come.read more
Traci Bratton
Traci Bratton
15:54 29 Oct 18
I absolutely love the care and expertise which Old Growth operates. They are always professional, timely, and really know their stuff. They provide an "above and beyond" experience every time.read more
Todd Bar
Todd Bar
19:59 20 Aug 18
I used Old Growth to remove 4 large dead Aspens that were less than 10 feet from our home in Beaver Creek, CO. They did a very good job at a fair price. I would definitely use them again if the need arose.read more
Richard Stovall
Richard Stovall
18:54 08 May 18
Absolutely terrific service. These guys are truly real professionals! My wife and I have used them on a number of both routine and complicated projects. They were great on all of them.read more
JUDI ELLIOTT KIRBY
JUDI ELLIOTT KIRBY
18:54 02 May 18
We highly recommend Old Growth Tree Service. They removed four trees from our yard.. were timely and left the areas very clean. Don't hesitate to call them for your tree needs.read more
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Gary Blamire
Gary Blamire
14:18 24 Apr 18
Removed a large, partially fallen tree from my property. I was concerned the tree would fall into the house. They assessed and removed the tree the same day. Very professional. Thanks to Matt and Mike.read more
William R.
William R.
15:05 09 Aug 17
I switched from another service to Old Growth TreeService, and am very glad that I did. Mike Earl is a skilled arborist and definitely knows what he is...read more
Bo P.
Bo P.
10:53 30 May 17
Mike and his crew are top notch! Mike makes it his personal business to keep our trees healthy and thriving which can be pretty tough in our climate. We...read more
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