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How To Winterize Willow Oak Trees in 4 Easy Steps

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As cold temperatures continue to plummet, keeping trees strong throughout the winter season is a main concern for many. Winterizing your Carolina landscapes during winter months’ support plants and trees and overall landscape well-being for seasons to come. One tree often examined by Carolina Tree Care certified arborists in Charlotte, NC are Willow Oaks.

The Willow Oaks frequently line streets and yards throughout the Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. The Arbor Day Foundation states, “often referred to as a “handsome tree,” this member of the mighty oak family comes with a stand-out feature: willow-like leaves.” Durable, a reliable source of shade, while needing little maintenance are a few descriptors of willow oaks. If you’ve ever noticed small acorns in your yard, a willow oak is probably not too far away.snowy bridge leading to snow-covered trees

Our willow oak winterization checklist includes quick and easy items help your willow oaks on your property remain strong throughout cold months. See below how to winterize your willow oaks.

Winterize Willow Oak Trees in 4 Easy Steps:

  1. Place mulch around tree. Mulch around the base of the tree provides the tree extra support whether in warm weather or cold weather. In warm months, mulch, helps the tree keep cool. In the colder months, mulch, provides a barrier from colder temperatures and frost.  
  2. Examine tree branches and bark of tree for overall health. Keeping an eye on how your tree is doing on a regular basis is key. Notice any changes to your tree or tree limbs. Spot any limbs over structures or could become a potential hazard. 
  3. Look at base of tree for any mushrooms. Mushrooms are a sign of decay and could be growing from decaying tree roots. 
  4. Brace trees if needed. Cabling / bracing trees helps support tree branches and overall tree base. 

Looking for more information? Speak to a Certified Arborist today in your free ArborWISE consultation. Click link below. 

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