Preparing trees for winter
by Sublette County Conservation District
September 22, 2009
A large number of seedlings have been planted this year in Sublette County. Care should be taken this fall to increase the chances for surviving the harsh winter conditions.
Watering of trees should be discontinued in early fall for about two weeks so that the trees have a chance to "harden off" - a sign of hardening is when the deciduous trees have lost their leaves. Excessive watering stimulates new tissue growth which is sensitive to cold. Remember, however, that late fall watering after trees are hardened, is beneficial.
Other tips that will increase survivability include:
* Protect trees from animal damage
* Avoid late season pruning
* Avoid late season fertilizing
* Avoid stress to trees, which decreases resistance to cold
Use "Transfilm", an anti-transpirant sold on line or try calling Kay Malkowski of "Tree & Lawn Care by Kay" 307-859-8629. When sprayed on conifer needles; this solution prevents moisture loss, wind burn, and winter desiccation.
Trees can best compete with natural stresses such as climate conditions and pest invasions when they are in good health year round.
If you are interested in learning more about planting trees in Sublette County watch for our October Windbreak Workshop notice in the local newspaper.
For more information contact the Sublette County Conservation District, 307-367-2257 ext 100.
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