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Ways to Protect Trees From Frost and High Winds

This weekend's bitter weather calls for some safety measures to be taken up with your beloved trees.

The weather this weekend in Lawrence township, New Jersey is bitter and cold. You can expect some heavy winds going at about 20-30 MPH. With that being said, you can take a look at the following article to learn all about keeping the trees around your property or on your property safe and protected from the harsh weather.

Young trees that have not had time to harden against cold temperatures are susceptible to frost damage even if the species is cold hardy. Trees with new spring growth or fruit trees with early blooms or fruit can be damaged by a late spring freeze. Winds are especially damaging to trees with large or heavy branches. You can’t stop destructive weather, but there are ways to keep it from harming the trees in your landscape, or to minimize the damage to new growth.


A frost cloth placed over a small tree when a frost is expected will protect the tree from damage. The cloth should be placed over the top of the tree like a bonnet, covering the top half of the tree. The cloth edges can be taped around the trunk of the tree, or tied to the lower branches. Covers can also be used to keep high winds from blowing blooms from fruit trees. Remove the cloth when the dangerous weather has passed.


Protect trees from seasonal high winds using windbreaks already in the landscape. Plant trees near buildings, high walls or other trees that will block wind from reaching the tree. Planting on a sunny, sheltered side of a building can also keep the tree warmer during freezes. If there are no windbreaks available, make a screen using burlap. Attach the burlap to poles that you can stick into the ground near the tree when winds are expected. Remove the screen and store it when it is not needed.

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Proper pruning of trees will provide protections from wind damage. Branches that begin to droop under their own weight should be cut back to a length that the tree can carry. Branches that have less than a 45-degree crotch angle or cross over other branches should also be removed as these branches are weaker and more likely to break in high winds. Dead or damaged branches should also be removed for the same reason. Prune most trees during the dormant period before new spring growth begins. Spring-flowering trees should be pruned immediately after the flowers fall.

Water, Heat and Fertilizer

Keep trees well-watered in the fall, not just in the spring and summer. Trees with water stress are more likely to be injured by a frost. Water the tree the day before a frost is expected, thoroughly wetting the soil. Do not fertilize trees with nitrogen after July to keep them from putting out new growth that is more likely to be damaged by a frost. A string of lights hung in the tree canopy will provide some heat to protect the tree if a light frost is expected.

Credit: Jill Kokemuller @ Home Guides

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