A Guide To Protecting Your Trees And Shrubs This Winter
The unpredictability of Michigan weather can be brutal. In a span of 24 hours we can see snow, sun, sleet, hail, rain, and everything in between! While weather like this is often stressful to deal with, it is especially stressful for your trees and shrubs.
These extreme temperatures put your trees and shrubs at risk to winter injuries. Some of these injuries can be caused by:
- Pests overwintering and stealing essential nutrients from the plants root system
- Extremely low temperatures freezing water in plant cells, causing dehydration
- Cold, dry winds sucking moisture from the root systems
Thankfully there are measures you can take to prevent these winter injuries from occurring. Here are three things you can do right now to protect your trees and shrubs this winter!
Apply Dormant Oil
As mentioned above, one of the biggest threats to your trees and shrubs this winter are pests. During the wintertime, pests with piercing-sucking mouthparts will make your trees and shrubs their home and breeding ground. They will suck the moisture and other essential nutrients from your plants, and they will lay their eggs on the branches.
The best way to prevent these pests from coming onto your trees and shrubs in the first place is to apply dormant oil. It is horticultural oil that kills insects, and insect eggs by covering their breathing tubes and ultimately suffocating them. If applied at the wrong time, dormant oil can cause damage to the plant, so make sure to call the professionals at turf tenders!
Another threat your trees and shrubs face this winter are the freezing cold winds, and the freezing cold temperatures. These stressors can freeze the soil, preventing your plants from taking in moisture. Your trees and shrubs are especially susceptible when there is no snow, as the snow provides a blanket of cover from the wind.
Wilt Pruf is a protective coating that keeps the moisture with the plant, which significantly reduces the risk of moisture loss in stressful times. It is a clear, wax-like spray that provides your trees and shrubs with protection, while continuing to allow them to breathe and grow. One of the best ways to protect your plants now, to ensure a healthy growing season come springtime, is a Wilt Pruf application!
Call The Professionals At Turf Tenders
At Turf Tenders, we understand the stress your trees and shrubs go through during the winter months. That’s why we developed our tree and shrub care program. Not only do we have dormant oil and wilt-pruf services, but we also have other services to protect your trees and shrubs all year long! Call the professionals today at (248) 541-5296 to hear more!