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First Winter in Texas with Trees
« on: December 05, 2012, 06:43 PM »
OK, I know I am a worry wart, but just want to be sure.  Winter has ben mild so far, but Monday it will be below freezing for the first time.  I have Japanese Maples and Japanese Black Pine and White Pine.  Will they be safe, or should they go in the garage for the night?  Suggestions, as always, are extremely useful!

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Re: First Winter in Texas with Trees
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2012, 06:56 PM »
Let them chill and if you are worried, put them in the garage for the night. I am still rolling freshly wired junipers in and out depending on if it will be freezing hard.


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Re: First Winter in Texas with Trees
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2012, 01:37 PM »
The maple NEEDS to get frozen for a healthier, deeper dormancy. As long as air temps don't get much below 20 F at night, maples are fine.

I allow my Japanese maples to get hit by four or five hard frosts and freezes before mulching them into the ground for winter. The cold hardens the trees off and makes them a bit more durable when deeper cold comes.

Trying to avoid such shallow freezes can result in very early bud break in the spring--which can be difficult when leaves come out in early February.

I'd just leave the maples on the ground at night and allow them to get hit by a few frosts, then mulch them into a garden bed (making sure there is clearance underneath for drainage) and leave them there until spring...


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Re: First Winter in Texas with Trees
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2013, 11:01 PM »
What you should really worry about is that J. white pine when the Texas summer rolls in.