One of the joys of planting a tree is experiencing every one of the “firsts.” The first piece of fruit that is juicy and the first change in color. And then, you’ll have your tree’s first winter. Young trees are much more susceptible to winter harm than older trees. If you own trees, you must be aware of how to shield your plants from freezing.
Here are some tips to protect new trees to avoid damage caused by frost.
Strategies to protect plants from Frost
A tree with a thin bark is prone to sun scald. In warm winter days the bark of trees heats up and the tissues beneath the bark break from the cycle of dormancy. However, when the sun goes down and cold temperatures set in, that tissue beneath the bark is shivering to death. This is why large sunken spots form in the bark.
Unfortunately, the harm isn’t over. The freezing temperatures can ruin the fruit tree’s buds and make it hard for the next year’s crop to produce fruit.
If you do the right thing today, protecting young fruit trees during winter is feasible. As soon as the temperature drops you can prepare your plants for:
- Wrapping the trunk of the tree with an aluminum tree guard or another kind of tree wrap. Buy tree wraps at the local tree care shop.
- Utilize the protection from frost (anti-transparent) to protect your fruit tree. Spraying the canopy with a frost shield can help in reducing the loss of moisture.
Protection of New Plants against Frost
Most people place the plants in their garden to give them privacy. The plants must be healthy.
Plants can be protected from winter damage by following these steps:
- Make sure to water your plants until the soil freezes. Maintain the water supply by covering the plant’s bed in mulch.
- Wrap plants with loose material like burlap to guard them against strong winds.
When to Cover Plants
A lot of plants are fine when temperatures are above 30 degrees. Frost-related injuries can occur when temperatures drop to 20 degrees. To ensure your safety, protect the plants you have with burlap, or guards prior to temperatures that are at or below 30 degrees.
To protect your plant, carefully secure the plant by covering it with burlap or a bed sheet. It is important to remove the cover at the beginning of the day to ensure that the plant doesn’t get too hot.
If you have any questions you’re looking for answers, we’ve got them. Call RJ Tree Service Pros today.