We live in Kansas which means inevitably we get a late frost and freeze damage. How can you protect your trees?
While trees are dormant in the winter they can withstand frigid temperatures, but as spring approaches and the buds swell and break, cold resistance drops dramatically. Some trees (i.e. small trees) are typically easier to manage when late freezes threaten.
Check for freeze damage by cutting a fruit bud length-wise. Fruit which is still white in the center is fine, but if several buds are black then damage occurred. Freeze damage significantly reduces or eliminates fruit production for the year but trees generally recover. It is usually not necessary to prune branches due to freeze damage, so put those loppers away.
To find out how tolerant your fruit trees are to freeze damage click this link. Critical Temperatures for Fruit Trees.
If you have questions about your trees please contact us, we would be happy to answer any questions.
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