As the weather gets cooler there are a few easy ways you can help care for and prepare your trees for winter.
1) Water your trees
Continue watering your trees until the leaves have all fallen off and the ground freezes. This will provide your trees with extra moisture to help maintain it through Calgary’s harsh winter. This is especially important to evergreens, such as members of the pine family. Although these trees don't actively grow during the cold months, they do lose moisture, and the cold, dry winds of winter can dry them out.
NOTE: You can also water your trees during Chinooks throughout the winter to keep them hydrated as extreme temperature changes can steal moisture.
2) Assess the health of your trees
Once the leaves have fallen off, take a look for any damage. It will be easier to see broken or hanging branches with the leaves gone. If you notice your tree has damage, we recommend hiring an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist.
3) Mulch your trees
Put mulch around the base of your trees. This will help keep moisture in and protect the tree’s roots from extreme temperature changes by insulating. Check out our Mulching: Do’s and Don’ts resource for more mulching tips.
4) Prune your trees
Fall is a great time to prune many varieties of trees including elm trees as the elm pruning ban is lifted from October 1 until the end of March. If you are unsure about how to properly prune, consult a local arborist.
For more information on how to prepare your trees for winter, make sure to watch our How to prepare your trees for winter video and visit calgary.ca/trees for more tree care tips.