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Sunday, November 27, 2016

It's Time to Wrap Your Trees!

Posted by: Alison O'Connor, CSU Extension in Larimer County

The end of November marks many things, including the frenzy of college football, events where you eat more food than you probably should...and wrapping your young, thin-barked trees for winter. Not every tree needs to be wrapped, but if you recently planted trees (in the last two or three years), it's worth considering. Trees with thin bark like linden, maple, ginkgo, redbud, crabapple and others need to be wrapped until their bark hardens. If you have young bur oaks, you can usually skip the wrap because of their corky bark. We wrap trees to prevent sunscald and frost cracks, both of which are temperature related.

My crabapple that was planted about a year ago still needs to be wrapped for the 2016-2017 winter.
But instead of writing how to wrap trees, check out this super-cool video that fellow CO-Hort Eric Hammond and I made. (We're aware that it's a bit geeky.)

Happy wrapping...remember to use the right material and remove your wrap in April!


  1. Yes, a bit geeky but informative and interesting. Will forward to friends who planted young trees this summer. Good job! Mom Stoven

  2. What a show! Good info.

  3. We garden geeks love geeky videos on geeky subjects!

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