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Working Roots

In the winter, trees may be dormant, but the roots are still trying to power up on any nutrients availble for those long winters.
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Even though trees are inactive or in dormant state, its
roots are self-reliant and can still grow during the winter season. Some roots
remain dormant in this frigid weather, but if the soil reaches favorable
temperatures root growth could occur. 
For example, temperatures that are suitable for roots in winter are
between 32 through 41 degrees Fahrenheit.


Roots take up the
responsibility to take in essential nutrients from the soil and water for the
whole tree. Whatever food a tree obtains, goes towards the trunk, new buds,
leaves, fruit and flowers that will grow into spring.

Sources: Ridgewood Tree Corp.,  “What are your trees doing in the winter”,


Micheal Snyder, “What Do Tree Roots Do in Winter”,,
December 1, 2007

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