The Importance of Tree Wraps
Have you ever noticed long, vertical cracks on your trees and wondered when and how they got there? These fractures most likely occurred as a result of sunscald, which usually takes place during the winter and early spring. Sunscald occurs when intense sunlight warms the surface of the trees to the point of stimulating cell activity in the bark. At night a sudden drop of temperature causes damage to the tree, resulting in the long cracks visible usually on the south side of the tree’s trunk.
Fortunately, there is a way to prevent these cracks from forming on your trees: tree wrap. Tree wrap acts as a barrier against the sun by reflecting the light which cuts down on the heating process. The tree wrap allows the tree to remain healthy through all seasons. Tree wrap is the perfect solution for protecting your trees not only against sunscald, but also against insects, deer, and rabbits. Trees that sit near a driveway or street can also benefit from being wrapped in the winter to prevent damage from de-icing salt.
The steps to wrap your tree(s) are fairly easy. A good rule of thumb is to wrap the tree around Thanksgiving time, right before the harsh winter cold sets in. Simply take the tree wrap and begin wrapping at the bottom of the tree and work your way upwards. Overlap the wrap as you wind and once you reach the top of the tree’s trunk, secure the end with a staple or small tack. If you leave the wrap on in the summertime, insects and diseases will be tempted to move in, so be sure to remove the wrap by Easter time.
Don’t leave your trees vulnerable. Be sure to buy your tree wrap on our website before the winter seasons sets in! For any further questions on tree wrap contact the experts at Dayton Bag & Burlap today!