Trees are amazing life forms that can adapt to a variety of conditions and use all kinds of strategies to keep thriving. The fact that trees lose their canopy during winter looks completely natural to everyone, but have you considered that trees actually enter a dormant state? This allows them to adapt to cold conditions by undergoing a series of physiological and structural changes. But no matter how resourceful and clever trees are, they can always use a helping hand from us. Investing in care and tree pruning Gold Coast trees are the first steps to helping them survive the winter months:
Make sure they stay hydrated
Finding moisture can represent a challenge during winter and the most common water sources for trees are through the soil and internal reservoirs. If your trees fail to find the water they require, they will have poor health next spring and in time you may need to enlist tree cutting on Gold Coast if your tree cannot be saved. Pay special attention to younger or newly planted trees as their abilities of obtaining water from the surrounding environment are limited.
The lack of moisture can affect your trees in ways you would have never considered. For instance, evergreens can suffer from winter burn, when trees lacking water need to take moisture from their own calls, this causes damage and brown or red foliage. Aside from ensuring sufficient watering in the fall, you can also plant deciduous trees nearby to protect evergreens from the wind and sun.
Talking about hydration, why let your tree waste its water resources on unnecessary limbs? Prune your trees while they are young and always before the cold season. The main steps of pruning include establishing the central leader, removing diseased branches, selecting the lowest permanent branch, establishing the scaffold branches, and eventually choosing temporary branches below the lowest permanent branch.
Tree pruning Gold Coast trees for winter comes with multiple advantages, such as:
- Being easier to prune without leaves – this allows you to see tree structure and identify dead or dangerous branches more easily.
- Better looks – many tree owners wait too much until they decide to perform pruning on their trees because they don’t like the way the tree looks immediately after pruning. However, when you tree is just a bunch of sticks it is easier to cut unnecessary branches compared to summer time when its canopy looks to beautiful to be trimmed.
- Minimising the risk of spreading disease. During winter, bacteria, fungi, parasites and insects that spread disease through pruning are also dormant, so the risk of transmitting disease this way is reduced.
- Reduced impact on your lawn – during winter you can bring equipment to your garden without worrying too much about damaging your landscape because there is less vegetation to protect when performing pruning and tree cutting Gold Coast
Also make sure you don’t overdo pruning and use proper pruning practices in order to reduce the amount of energy reserves the plant needs to heal the pruning wounds.
Along with enlisting an experienced arborist for tree pruning Gold Coast trees, you should invest in some good fertiliser for them, such as complete fertilizer with micronutrients, but with low-nitrogen formulation to prevent exaggerated growth in the fall. The fertilizer should be applied evenly around the root zone and followed by generous watering to enable the roots to absorb the nutrients. Water-soluble fertilisers are also a good solution if you want to save time and effort – ensuring enhanced growth the next season is very simple.
Mulching is beneficial to trees all year round, not only during the summer months. You should have 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch such as wood chips or bark around the root zone of the tree. Refresh it whenever necessary. Mulch can also include leaves, as trees prefer their own waste as mulch.
The role of mulch is to reduce soil evaporation, help with water absorption, protect the tree against extreme temperatures, and reduce competition from other plants, many issues they can face in the Gold Coast climate.
Mulch should have a round, even shape and not look like a volcano around the tree. Too much mulch around the root zone can cause decay.
Pay special attention to your Gold Coast citrus trees
If you want your citrus trees to flourish in the spring and stay in excellent condition during winter, there are some things you can do to help them:
- Leave the fruit on your trees until it colours and flavours up, as colder temperatures are necessary to increase the sweetness of the fruit.
- Stop feeding – the last fertilisation of citrus trees should take place in March when they are active and require nutrients for growth. Winter is the time to slow down and give up on feeding, because no growth occurs at this time of the year.
- Water properly and make sure you keep moisture around the root zone as this will help the tree cope with colder temperatures. Watering in the cold weather is necessary because cold temperatures draw moisture away from your citrus tree.
Don’t forget about your lawn either!
A healthy tree needs a healthy lawn, and there are some measures you need to take for the well-being of your garden in late autumn:
- Apply slow-release lawn fertilizer that is specially formulated for autumn and winter;
- Treat the lawn for weeds, either by removing by hand or by applying a selective lawn weeder;
- Remove dead leaves with a rake because even the slightest decrease of sunlight can prevent grass from surviving during winter;
- When mowing the lawn, use the catcher instead of leaving grass or mulch on your lawn, as the build-up of organic matter during winter months can cause fungal problems;
- Plant flowering annuals and edibles that can get in the ground in late fall – varieties differ by region and your local garden centre should be able to advise you with that.
- Divide and multiply flowering plants. One clump of plants such as iris or agapanthus can provide new plants for an entire row of new blossom!
- Focus on plants that are growing actively during winter. Many plants are resting at this time, but there are some beauties you shouldn’t forget about, such as spring bulbs, winter-flowering natives, and flowering hedges, which need watering and fertiliser for optimal health.
- Clean your yard – if you have lots of items that have gathered in your garden, this is the best time to get rid of them and leave the soil free for new plant growth next spring.
Looking to prepare your trees for the dormancy period? Tree Stylin on the Gold Coast can help with a variety of local arborist services, such as tree pruning Gold Coast, tree cutting Gold Coast, arborist reports, emergency tree services Gold Coast, and many others. Call our Qualified Arborist today for a free quote at 0455 042 216 or write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!