How to Prepare Red Maple Trees For Winter


The red maple tree, also known as "Acer Rubrum," grows over much of the Eastern United States and far Southeastern Canada. The tree is popular because it is tolerant of many different weather conditions--including chilly winters--and it's frequently used in landscaping because of its wide shape when mature. Although red maple trees grow well in cold northern climates, follow simple care practices to ensure their survival through winter.

Step 1

Plant your red maple tree in the spring to ensure that it has a long enough time to establish before cold weather sets in. The warm soil of summer will allow the roots to take hold and establish themselves.

Step 2

Water the red maple tree weekly and provide 1 1/2 inches of water at each watering around the tree's drip line (outer edge of canopy). You can measure how much water is being distributed by setting a small pan out under the tree and see how long it takes to fill it to 1 1/2 inches.

Step 3

Keep grass and weeds from growing up around the trunk of the tree. Apply a few inches of mulch around the tree out to the drip line of the tree. The mulch will prevent other grasses and weeds from competing with the tree's roots for moisture.

Step 4

Fertilize the red maple tree monthly during the growing season. Use a fertilizer that has the compilation of 10-10-10. This means it has equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Stop fertilizing when the tree becomes dormant in the fall.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose
  • Pan
  • Wood mulch
  • 10-10-10 fertilizer


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