What to Do About Late Spring Snows

Winter weather can last well into spring in the Denver metro area. And sometimes, it can catch you by surprise even after the growing season has begun. Those surprise late snowstorms often leave many homeowners feeling worried for their trees. Though most trees can easily withstand the sudden change in weather conditions, there are a few things you can do to protect your trees and give them a little extra help. Here’s what your Denver tree trimming experts recommend.

Cover Younger Trees
Younger trees often have thinner branches and limbs, and the thinner they are, the more vulnerable your trees will be to breakage and damage. Protect those small limbs by covering your trees with light tarps, blankets, dedicated tree covers, or even burlap sacks. These coverings will spread the weight of any snow that accumulates and can keep more fragile limbs from breaking or cracking.

Watch Your Branches
Though damage is most common with younger, less established trees, it can still happen to older trees if the snow is heavy enough. If you’re expecting significant accumulation and know that the snow will be heavy and wet, keep an eye on your established trees’ branches. You may need to gently sweep off the excess snow throughout the storm. Doing so will keep the weight collecting on your trees to a minimum and can reduce the risk of breakage and damage in the long run. That said, if you notice a broken limb or branch, it’s a good idea to schedule an assessment with your tree care team. 

Don’t Be Afraid to Water Them
Believe it or not, watering your trees before snowstorms isn’t necessarily harmful. In fact, it can help your trees thrive and assist in better temperature management around the roots. Why? Because moist soil tends to warm up faster in the sun than dry soil. If you have a few days of sunny weather before the snowstorm and you still need to water your trees, go ahead and water them. You’ll set your trees up for a better growing season even if their roots are covered in snow for a few days.

Mulch Around the Roots
Mulching your trees is one of the best landscaping tricks you can use to protect your trees and improve the look of your yard at the same time. The mulch helps insulate the roots and soil against dramatic temperature changes, which can protect your trees during those final snowstorms of the season as well as during summer drought conditions. If you’re not sure what type of mulch to use, your plant health care experts at Root Tree Service can help. 

Let Denver’s Plant Health Care Team Assess Your Trees
Whether you’re worried about an upcoming spring storm or you’ve noticed damage to your trees from winter storms, making sure your trees are in good condition is essential if you want them to thrive. Contact Root Tree Service today to schedule an appointment and let our team help you keep your trees looking their best.
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