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Winter Tree Survival Tips For Southeast Wisconsin

Waukesha Certified Arborists Share 4 Last Minute Life Savers For Your Trees

Wisconsin Winter Tree Survival TipsWe humans aren’t the only ones who have a tough time in the winter. Trees are also vulnerable in the extreme cold temperatures in Southeast Wisconsin. With a little planning, though, you can help your trees survive the frigid months ahead. Here are 4 recommendations to help ensure your trees make it to spring:

Wrap the trunks. Fruit trees and other thin-barked trees are susceptible to splitting and cracked bark, which can compromise the tree’s ability to resist pests. We recommend wrapping their trunks with tree wrap. You’ll want to remove the wrap in spring, though, when the temperature warms. Otherwise, it will become a perfect hideout for pests.

Add mulch. Put a 1” to 2” layer of mulch around the base of your trees. This helps keep soil temperature more consistent and also minimizes moisture loss. Our wood chips are an ideal and affordable way to tuck your trees in for the long winter ahead.

Water your trees. If there hasn’t been much rain in the fall months, we recommend giving your trees--evergreens in particular--regular waterings. Watering on several occasions is better than one massive soak-down.

Fertilize. Most trees and shrubs are in plantings with mulch beds--which are great for stabilizing the soil temperature, but deplete nitrogen in the soil as the mulch decomposes. An application of 2 lbs. of slow-release nitrogen fertilizer for every 1,000 square feet will rebalance the soil. If you need help calculating the amount of fertilizer you’ll need, our Certified Milwaukee Arborists can help.


Remember, if winter storms wreak havoc on your property and you need help clearing downed trees or broken branches, we’re here to help with 24 hour emergency tree removal services.

Contact our certified arborists and tree removal specialists for more information or to request a quote.