Trees play a critical role in our environment by providing numerous benefits such as clean air, shade, and habitat for wildlife. Trees also help regulate the temperature of our planet, absorb carbon dioxide, and release oxygen into the air we breathe. They are also used to increase the habitability and visual appeal of our homes.
The trees found in North Texas are sturdy and depending on the species, can live for decades if not centuries. However, despite their durability, even Texas trees are also vulnerable to freezing temperatures, especially during the cold winter. Where you plant your trees, maintaining proper tree care, and other measures can help homeowners save trees from freezing.
Where You Plant Matters
How you planting trees and where you plant your trees can mean the difference between freezing and surviving this year’s Texas winter storms. Trees provide shade during the summer, which can help reduce the overall temperature of an area. Believe it or not, this is important because when the temperature drops during the winter! Trees can use the stored energy from photosynthesis during the summer to help survive the cold winter storms.
It is also important to be sure that the location your pick on your property is going to supply your new tree with the natural resources that it needs. This includes adequate sunlight, nutritious soil, and access to a consistent source of water. These factors can make a big difference during the winter time when there is less sunlight and colder weather each day.
Choosing The Right Species
When planting trees in North Texas, it is vital that you choose species that are well-adapted to the local climate and terrain. This can ensure that the trees are more likely to survive extreme temperatures that may be experienced in the area. Given the variation in weather and temperature, we recommend all homeowners do adequate research before choosing which trees are right for their needs.
Choosing trees that are native to an area mean that they are typically more adapted to the climate and soil conditions a good choice for planting. There are so many luscious trees that are native to North Texas including Southern Live Oaks, Magnolia Trees, Pines, Cedar, and more. There are so many trees that are native to the area, that residents in the Dallas area have plenty of species variation to choose from.
Watering For The Winter
In addition to planting trees, proper tree care is essential for helping them survive the winter’s freezing temperatures. One of the most important aspects of tree care is proper and consistent watering. During the winter, trees may have trouble absorbing water due to frozen soil or a lack of precipitation. To help prevent this issue, it is important to proactively water trees deeply before the ground freezes.
Doing this will help ensure that the trees have enough water stored in their roots to help them survive the winter. Additionally, trees help to absorb and store water in the soil, which can help regulate soil temperature and prevent freezing. Making sure that your trees have enough water is one way that you can ensure a happy, healthy winter for them all.
Pruning Makes A Difference
Another important factor when it comes to tree care is seasonally pruning and trimming your trees. Pruning removes dead or damaged branches, which can help reduce the overall weight of a tree. Through limited the weight before the winter season, you lower the hazard of the tree’s branches breaking under the weight of snow or ice.
While ice and snow are not common in Texas, the last several years we have seen some intense winter storms. Being proactive limits the risk of tree damage, as well as hopefully preventing the need for additional seasonal tree care. This process of pruning also promote healthy growth and improves air circulation, which can help prevent diseases and pests that can weaken the tree.
Protect Trees From The Elements
While planting trees and proper tree care are essential for helping trees survive freezing temperatures, there are additional measures that can be taken to protect trees from extreme elements. One of the most effective ways to protect trees from freezing is to apply mulch around the base of the tree. Mulch insulates the soil and prevents it from freezing, adding an extra layer of protect the roots of your tree. In addition, mulch assists in regulate soil temperature and prevents water loss due to evaporation.
With extreme winter storms, covering trees with blankets or burlap can add increased protection from freezing temperatures. This is particularly helpful for young or newly planted trees, which may not be as well-adapted to the local climate. Wrapping trees with burlap can help prevent them from losing too much moisture, which can help keep them healthy. It is effective in preventing more vulnerable trees from becoming brittle and susceptible to breaking under the weight of snow or ice.
Even trees are vulnerable to winter weather. Between their inspiring beauty and the critical role in cultivating a healthy environment, it is important to take steps to protect them and help them thrive. This includes during the winter season and sheltering them from freezing temperatures. Planting trees, proper tree care, and protecting trees from the elements are all important measures that can help ensure the survival of trees during the cold parts of the year. If you are interested in learning more about how you can protect your North Texas trees from winter storms, feel free to reach out today.