Wrapping and Pruning
to the technique of winding a crepe-type paper around the barks of trees.
Generally speaking, you only need to consider doing this to prevent the ‘sun-scalding’ of
thin-barked trees like soft maples and crabapples during the first one or
two winters after planting. Commercial tree-wrap is sold at nurseries and in
garden-supply stores. To wrap a tree, start at the bottom and wind the paper
around the tree to the level of the second branch. Fasten the paper at the
top with a tack. Don’t forget to remove the wrapping each spring to prevent
moisture buildup, disease and insect infestation.
when pruning your newly-planted trees. Prune only to remove damaged or
broken branches. Do not prune the top of the tree as this may alter the
structure of the tree excessively (check species requirements) and may
hamper carbohydrate production. Do not paint the cuts with compounds (e.g.
Latex) that prevent air from accessing the wound, thereby slowing the
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