Maintaining Your Trees and Gardens During Winter in Queensland.

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Tree Pruning and Trimming in Winter

Queenslanders are fortunate in that the winter months are relatively mild in comparison to other climates, therefore winter preparation although important, is not extremely urgent.  However, there are plenty of jobs around the garden which can be tackled in the cooler months such as tree pruning and tree trimming to prepare your garden for spring and summer.

Deciduous plants which lose their leaves in the winter months such as Liquid Ambers (Liquidambar styraciflua) Cape Chestnuts (Calodendrum capense). Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum), Leopard Tree (Caesalpinia ferria), Poinciana (Delonix regia), Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) should be pruned in the winter months.  Pruning your deciduous trees in the winter month when they are bare makes it easier for your Arborist to see the branches to give the tree an excellent prune

Encouraging Bountiful Blooms

For flowering trees, such as Poinciana’s and Jacaranda’s, it is important to prune in winter while they are dormant and before new growth appears. Mature Jacaranda trees look their best if pruning is kept to a minimum but weak branches need regular maintenance pruning to keep the branches from breaking and falling.   If they receive a severe prune in the winter, they will go into shock and this will, therefore, encourage a vigorous flower when spring arrives.


The Importance of Deadwooding in Winter

Deadwooding is another vital job that can easily be carried out in the cooler, winter months.

  • Health and Safety:  Deadwood on trees can be a health and safety risk and it is vital that deadwood is removed from trees before the summer storm season begins. Dead branches become very brittle and therefore can easily snap off on a windy day, posing a risk to property, people and animals in the vicinity.  It is the tree owner’s responsibility to make sure that their trees are not a risk to the public. An annual safety check with a qualified Consulting Arborist for any tree you are concerned about is highly recommended.
  • Protect the Health of the Tree:  If a branch snaps off during a storm, the rough end will create a perfect site for pests and insects to make their homes.  Trunk rot is also possible as water can stand in the crevices which then encourages fungus and decay organisms. Both pests and trunk rot threaten the overall health of the tree and can cause it to decay and ultimately die without proper attention.
  • To Enhance the Overall Beauty of the tree:  Deadwood is naturally unattractive and will reduce the aesthetic quality of the tree.  This can have an adverse effect on the overall value of your property as potential buyers will see unmaintained trees and mentally add the cost of repair to the price they are willing to pay.
  • Creating Habitat for wildlife:  Dead wooding is also a great way to create habitat such as hollows within the trunk to encourage birds and mammals to inhabit the tree.

Fertilisation: 

The winter months is the perfect time to give your trees a boost with a specially formulated fertiliser via a Root Plate Injection for declining trees. The sooner you treat an unhealthy tree, the more likely it is that a tree will be restored to full vitality and health.

 

Aged Forest Mulch:

A small amount of Aged Forest Mulch placed around the base of the trunk is a valuable addition to Tree Health Care.  The mulch insulates the soil and provides a buffer from heat and cold temperatures.  It also retains water, helping to keep the roots moist.  The other major benefit of mulching is the fact that it keeps weeds out thus preventing root competition.

 

For Root Plate Injections and professional Plant Health Care, call Heritage Tree Care on 0737155444 or email sales@heritagetreecare.com.au for a free, no obligation quote, our qualified Arborists will be delighted to advise you on the best course of action for your trees.  We cover Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redlands and Gold Coast area in Queensland, Australia.