Wrapping trees for winter
Work your way up
"The inclination for people is to start at the top, but if you start at the top and start wrapping down, then the overlaps are facing upward, and moisture can get in between the successive layers of the wrap," Morrisey says. "So start at the bottom, bury the end of the wrap in the soil, and then work your way up the trunk so it has a shingle effect."
Wrap it up as far as the lowest branches, then secure it with tape, wire, or twine. Avoid cinching rope and wire too tightly. When the tree starts to grow again in the spring, those bindings can become embedded if not removed. And never leave the wrap on for longer than necessary, because it could trap moisture and create a haven for pests. A tree wrapped from end of November through March should be just fine.
Winter tree care reminders: Although trees aren't producing leaves during the winter, their roots continue to grow as long as the ground is not frozen.
First-year tree care: You can keep trees strong and healthy through the winter and beyond by avoiding some common mistakes.
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