Mulching is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your trees and shrubs. Placing mulch around your tree improves soil quality, provides nutrients, reduces competition from turf, and reduces the likelihood of damage from weed whackers or lawn mowers. Mulch also adds insulation in winter and retains moisture, which is very important considering the drought conditions we have experienced over the last few summers.
Avoid spreading de-icing salt on or near the root zones of your plants. The salt will interfere with the roots ability to take up water and nutrients during the growing season.
Consider wrapping your evergreens in burlap if they are located near a major road where de-icing salt is regularly used. This will prevent salt spray from reaching the tender foliage and causing unsightly dieback and browning.
Borer insects are very hard to anticipate. Systemic insecticides have a very high effectiveness rate in preventing infestations. The best defense is maintaining your tree's general health so it can defend itself if an infestation develops.
Winter is an excellent time to have your tree care needs taken care of! An arborist can identify pruning needs more easily when the leaves are off and the tree's structure is exposed. Frozen ground allows for more access into yards with equipment and reduces damage to lawns and perennials from falling limbs and wood.