Wind, cold weather, and lack of precipitation can all contribute to something called winter drought. Despite our humidity in the summer, we can get a bit dry here in Buford, GA, in the winter. Gordon Pro Tree Service lists what you need to know in order to protect your trees and plants.
What Is Winter Drought?
Winter drought is a much bigger issue than most people think, even if there is plenty of snow on the ground. The problem is that a foot of snow is the same as only about an inch of rain, and when that snow is still frozen, it’s definitely not helping the trees and plants in your yard. The air itself is drier in winter months than it is at other times of the year, too, and when you factor in wind, plants and trees are not able to get the moisture they need. That stresses plants out and can cause bigger problems later. Newer trees, trees that are already damaged, and shallow rooting trees like evergreens can be particularly susceptible.
Why Winter Drought Is Bad
Winter drought has big consequences for your trees in the winter, of course, but the bigger concern is how long it takes for your trees to recover and whether they do so at all. Severe winter drought can cause needles to turn brown and eventually fall off. If the tree still has some leaves, they may curl from lack of water and drop sooner. The tree’s roots can be affected, too. If the roots are stressed too severely, they may not be able to draw even the meager amounts of water available from the soil and that makes the entire problem worse.
What Can You Do About Winter Drought?
The types of trees and plants used in your landscaping can make a big difference in terms of being resistant to winter drought. But if you’ve got existing landscaping, you need to know what else you can do. Covering the area around trees and plants in a thick layer of organic mulch helps them to hold in the moisture that they are able to collect. It can also be a good idea to water your plants and trees a couple of times per month in the winter, especially if those plants are particularly vulnerable to winter drought.
Healthy trees are going to have a better chance of withstanding winter drought. At Gordon Pro Tree Service in Buford, GA, we want to help your trees to have the best winter possible. Give us a call and we can help you take care of your trees.