Just because your trees are sleeping, doesn’t mean they don’t need some TLC. 

Here are some important treatments your trees need in winter to ensure they get a healthy start once spring arrives:


  • Winter is the best time to prune your fruit trees. Give them a trim now so they can be healthy and productive when spring arrives!
  • Trees like Oaks and Elms must be pruned in winter to help protect against deadly diseases like Dutch Elm Disease and Oak Wilt. 

Soil Care:

With all of the snow and ice winter brings, there’s an abundance of de-icing salts used on our roads, sidewalks, and walkways. This salt will seep into your soils and will have a negative impact on your trees’ and shrubs’ health when spring arrives. 

This winter, make sure to get an application of Salt Buffer. Salt Buffer is a granulated gypsum application that draws the salt molecules out of the soil around the root zone of your trees and shrubs and helps it wash away. This will ensure that your trees wake up in a healthy, low-salt environment!

Pre-emptive Pest Control:

We’ve seen some pretty intense pest infestations in recent years. If your tree has experienced problems like scale, you’ll want to get a dormant oil spray treatment before spring fully arrives. This will help keep those pesky pests under control in the spring and summer!


Talk to your arborist today to see if any of these dormant treatments are right for you. Spring will be here before we know it – make sure your trees start off on the right foot with proactive care.




Kristie Nairn, MA, MMst
Cohen & Master Tree and Shrub Services Ltd.