You’ve carefully planted new trees in your yard. Lovingly watered them through the drought. Even talked them through stormy weather. And now Winter is bearing down upon us. Are you finished for the season? Not quite! There are 3 things to protect young trees from during winter.
The 1st is Sun Scald on the tree trunk. Sun Scald is the freezing of bark following high temperatures in the winter. This results in permanent visible damage to bark. Often it will appear on the south-west side of the tree, and can be the result of reflected light off of snow. Use tree wrap or plastic drainage pipe wrapped around the lower 2-3′ of the trunk for protection. Remove it in late March.