Winterizing a fruit tree is a bit different from winterizing other types of trees because as a whole, these types of trees are more sensitive to damage. This means that you'll need to plan ahead (before the next major snowstorm) to ensure that your tree will have a better chance of surviving the winter by mulching around the base of the tree.

However, not all mulches are created equal, and some are better at providing heavy insulation than others. Here are three winter mulches that our tree service experts in Norfolk recommend so your fruit trees withstand a cold winter.

  • Straw. Straw is an easy-to-apply and inexpensive mulching material that can help keep the roots of your fruit trees from being directly exposed to snow. It's lightweight and accessible, which is an excellent option if you don't have much time to make a special visit to a garden center.
  • Leaves and compost. Put excess leaves and compost to good use this year by creating mulch for your fruit trees! Leaves and compost make an excellent mulch for the earlier winter season but may freeze over during the later months, so you should use this material with caution if you live in an area that gets a large amount of snow.
  • Pine needles.Pine needles and branches make perfect mulching materials, as they can lock in heat and protect against cold weather. However, keep in mind that branches also offer an ideal home for mice, rodents and other pests as well, so you'll need to be on the lookout for families of unexpected visitors.

Remember, few things pose quite as large of a danger to your home and your other trees than a dead tree left to lie around.

If you need assistance determining if a tree is dead or you need a tree to be removed, don't hesitate to contact our experts at Tarzan Tree Service, the leading tree service and removal company in Virginia Beach, VA, to schedule an appointment today.

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