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How to treat tree damage due to Winter temps

May 11, 2018

 

It's Spring and like most, you've probably trimmed off old limbs that aren't sprouting leaves or though, maybe I should trim back this entire limb. Trees that have been damaged by cold temperatures should never be severely pruned, and should definitely not be pruned at all until buds begin to open.  At that point, it will be easier for the us to identify any dead wood or limbs.  On the other hand, a "light pruning" in the spring can be very helpful as a tree tries to recover from damage suffered during the winter.  There are some differences of opinion as to whether trees damaged by cold should be fertilized the next Spring.  Some believe that while the application of fertilizer will encourage the growth of foliage that the plant does not yet have the resources to support, others believe that adding fertilizer at the height of summer will encourage regrowth and healing.  Moreover, many believe that an application of fertilizer in the spring will help the tree develop new and healthy tissue that will be better able to withstand the heat of summer.  Remember, if you have questions, we encourage you to reach out to us and let us assess the situation for you!

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