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Winter Tree Care in Denver: Trunk Wrapping

October 30, 2015

Protecting young trees in their first years of life is essential to protect them from frost, freeze cracking, and other winter related damage. Now that it’s November, it’s time to start wrapping the trunks of trees to prevent increased susceptibility to disease and tree scarring problems. The good news is that wrapping a tree takes no more than 15-30 min per tree, and immense protection is provided. Here are some benefits of wrapping your trees this winter:
  1. Wrapping your tree not only protects it from the cold, it prevents rabbits, mice, squirrels, and other rodents from eating away at the bark.
  2. Denver trunk wrapping can prevent sunscald, which happens when the bark of the tree warms up during the day and freezes at night. This can happen easily in Colorado with the harsh cold at night and the intense sun during the day.
  3. Wrapping trees can prevent frost cracks, which are caused by the water in the tree cells expanding, can cause the bark to split. The wrap can also help inhibit further damage to a tree that has been injured earlier in the year and prevents the winter cold from freezing the bark and causing the plant to wilt.
  4. When wrapped properly by your Denver tree service, boring insects will also be kept from laying eggs in the flesh of the tree.
Proper wrapping techniques requires removing any soil from the base of the tree, at least 2 inches down to ground level. Wrapping should start as low to the ground as possible and the material must be tied into place. Your tree should stay wrapped from November through March and wrapping should start from the first branch using an even and tight method that ensures no bare spots on the trunk. Once the wrapping is completed, soil should be replaced at the base of the tree. It’s important to have the wrap done correctly as you don’t want moisture to get trapped between the layers.

American Arbor Care will make sure that your Denver tree wrapping is done correctly and in a timely manner. Learn more about the services we offer for tree and shrub care. Taking care of young trees is of upmost importance in their first stages of life. Give us a call today to schedule a time to get your tree wrapped before the snow comes!