With the recent chilly weather, ice-cold winds, and seemingly endless rain, there’s no doubt that winter has arrived on NSW’s East Coast. After some unseasonably warm weather for May, this year’s winter seems particularly frosty by comparison. To combat the drizzling downpours and stay safe from the wild winds, we can head in doors, rug up, and keep warm by the fire. But for our gardens, there’s no such luxury. Winter can be brutal for trees and plants alike. So we’ve compiled some handy tips to keep your yard healthy during the colder months, and safe and strong when battling winter’s winds.

Head indoors and heat up by the fire

Early in winter, it’s important to aerate the soil around your trees and your lawn. This can help with the absorption of water and nutrients. In last month’s blog post, Tree TLC, we talked about a popular method for aerating your soil. Read it here.

After aerating your soil, add some fertiliser, but not too much. In winter, plants need much less fertiliser as they are growing more slowly. Adding fertiliser helps add nutrients and encourages growth, giving your garden a much-needed boost over the harsh winter months.

Next, you should top with mulch, as this will protect your soil in several ways. A layer of mulch helps to keep weeds at bay. As weeds compete with trees for water and nutrients, weed growth can mean life or death for trees in winter. Mulching also helps to regulate the soil temperate, keeping your garden warm during these cooler months. Additionally, mulch can protect your trees’ roots from frost. A depth of 10cm of mulch is ideal. Any more than this can prevent rainfall from penetrating your tree, depriving it of crucial water.

Mulch around your tree can help battle winter’s chill

In winter, when the weather can quickly become ferocious, it’s important to identify which trees can be hazardous. As with most things, there’s safety in number for trees, too; those standing by themselves or in small groups are more vulnerable to strong winds. Consider asking the qualified team at Everwilling Tree Specialists to remove your tree.

A solitary tree is much more vulnerable to winter weather

Trees with structural damage or disfiguration can also be susceptible to strong winds, which in turn, can be very hazardous. Structural damage or disfiguration includes hollows, cavities, split tree trunks and previous incorrect pruning techniques. These defects mean the trees can be unstable and unsound. The defects should be pruned out where possible, or otherwise we recommend the tree is removed.  For assistance with pruning or tree removal, the Everwilling Tree Specialists team can help.

Structural defects, like hollows, can make trees susceptible in winter

Strong winds can be dangerous for trees with dense or heavy foliage, where the expansive tree canopy can capture the wind. To ensure winds are able to blow through trees, rather than against them, the Everwilling Tree Specialists team can thin out the canopy for you. Contact us.

Another potential danger is trees growing near to other structures, such as buildings, walls, footpaths and roads. The growth of these trees’ root zones has been restricted, leaving the tree compromised and unstable. They can be unstable and dangerous in wild weather. It’s important to give trees room to grow, to allow a strong and steady root system to develop. If this is not possible, consider having the experienced team at Everwilling Tree Specialists inspect the tree and perform a free hazard assessment.

Restricted roots can compromise a tree’s stability

Finally, the biggest key to minimising danger from trees is to have a qualified arborist inspect your trees annually, and after any serious weather conditions. The Everwilling Tree Specialists can assist with tree inspections, safety reports, and offer FREE hazard assessments. Contact us.


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