How To Care for Newly Planted Trees In The Winter

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Make Sure Your Newly Planted Trees Grow Up Healthy

Winter months in New Jersey are usually unpredictable with low temperatures, snowfall, and ice. As individuals, we have the opportunity to hide away indoors, but the plants, trees, and shrubs are stuck outside all winter long. Newly planted trees are especially susceptible to harsh temperatures of winter. However, with the proper care, they can survive and thrive once spring arrives.

Steps to Care for Newly Planted Trees

For a newly planted tree to thrive, you need to pay particular attention to the roots, trunk, and branches. There are steps you can take now to prep newly planted trees for the winter weather.


Roots are arguably the most valuable part of a tree. They need moisture even in the winter months. Since New Jersey experiences below freezing temps in the winter, the ground is susceptible to freezing which keeps moisture from reaching to roots. Irrigating the ground is a great way to assure water is available through the entire winter season.

You will also want to protect the tree’s roots by covering the base of the tree with 2-3 inches of mulch to insulate the roots and prevent water loss. If you live in a windy spot, be sure to stake newly planted trees, so they don’t break during winter storms.


Newly planted trees have softer trunks than older trees and can be easily ruined by backyard pests. Spray pest repellant on the trunks now and again after snowfalls to deter rabbits from gnawing on the bark.

Trunks can also experience sunscalding which occurs when bark freezes at night and thaws during the day. If not protected, bark can crack or rupture. Protect trunks by wrapping them with tree paper.


Snowstorms can weigh heavily on newly planted trees. Check trees after snow or ice and trim any broken branches to prevent further damage. To avoid breaking, tie branches loosely with twine to hold them up during winter weather.

Another concern is Winterburn which occurs when trees can’t absorb enough water to prevent water loss during winter wind spells. In addition to irrigating, you can spray trees with an anti-desiccant or prevent wind by covering trees in burlap.

Do you have questions on proper tree care for newly planted trees or lawn care? Contact the team at Perennial Lawn Care today for additional information on the various services we offer New Jersey homeowners.

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