wrapping arborvitaes

Asked October 5, 2020, 9:01 PM EDT

Iv'e wrapped my arborvitaes already , it got really cold and then warm, it wont hurt them will it already wrapping them in oct?

Warren County New York

3 Responses

Hello and thank you for contacting us. Trees that are appropriate for your growing zone should not usually require wrapping. Wrapping restricts the light that the tree requires for photosynthesis. It will not hurt the trees to be wrapped a few weeks early, but it is important that the top is left open and that the burlap is wrapped loosely around the plant.

A wind barricade can be used instead of wrap:

  • Use three stakes that are slightly taller than the tree. Place one on the side of the tree that gets the most wind, then place the other two so that they form a 'V' or triangle around the tree.
  • Stretch pieces of burlap across the stakes and secure with staples. Allow enough distance between the tree and the burlap to eliminate the possibility of rubbing in windy conditions.
  • When you’re done, you’ll have a two-sided protective shield around your tree.
More important than wrapping is to be sure that your trees mulched (always keeping the mulch several inches away from the trunk) and well-watered right up until the ground freezes. This will help prevent them from being damaged by desiccating winds. Remember that you are not trying to keep your evergreens warm, but rather protect them from damaging winter sun and wind.

Thank you Lynne for responding, the only reason I wrapped already is because we just planted them in the spring and some last year , so their young and we also live on the mountain in the Adirondacks , so we are getting wind and storms right now and very cold at times, I did wrap loosely and left the top exposed, hopefully they will be ok, Thank you..

Hello again. It sounds like you're trees should be fine. If you can keep them watered until the ground freeze,s it will go a long way to protecting against desiccation during the winter.