Essential Tree Care Tips for June


In winter, trees enter a period of dormancy, it's crucial to continue providing the necessary care to ensure their health and resilience.

Essential Tree Care Tips for June

June in New Zealand marks the arrival of winter, a season that brings cooler temperatures, shorter days, and unique challenges for tree care. While trees enter a period of dormancy, it’s crucial to continue providing the necessary care to ensure their health and resilience. In this blog, we will explore essential tree care practices for June, helping you prepare your trees for the winter months and promote their long-term well-being.


Inspect and Prune

June is an excellent time to inspect your trees for any signs of damage, disease, or structural issues. Look for dead or damaged branches, cracks in the trunk, and signs of pest infestations. Pruning during winter dormancy helps prevent the spread of disease and promotes healthy growth in the spring. Focus on removing dead or diseased branches and any crossing or rubbing branches that could cause damage. Proper pruning also helps improve air circulation and light penetration, which are vital for tree health.  If you are unsure which parts of your tree to prune consider calling an arborist, as they are experts in tree maintenance and health.



Applying a layer of mulch around the base of your trees is a vital winter care practice. Mulch acts as an insulating blanket, protecting tree roots from extreme temperature fluctuations and conserving soil moisture. Use organic mulch, such as wood chips, bark, or compost, and spread it evenly around the root zone, ensuring it doesn’t touch the tree trunk. Mulching also helps suppress weed growth and improves soil structure by adding organic matter as it decomposes.



While winter generally brings more rainfall, it’s essential to monitor soil moisture levels, especially during dry spells. Young or newly planted trees are particularly vulnerable to drought stress, even in winter. Water your trees deeply and less frequently to encourage deep root growth. Ensure the soil is moist but not waterlogged, as excessive moisture can lead to root rot. Proper watering helps maintain tree health and prepares them for the growing season ahead and prevent unnecessary maintenance.


Protecting Young Trees

Young and newly planted trees are more susceptible to winter stress. Consider using tree guards or wraps to protect the trunks from frost cracks, pests, and animal damage. These protective measures help insulate the tree trunk and prevent bark splitting due to rapid temperature changes. Additionally, staking young trees can provide stability during strong winter winds, ensuring they remain upright and secure.


Pest and Disease Management

Winter is an ideal time to manage pests and diseases that may have taken refuge in your trees. Inspect your trees for signs of overwintering insects, such as egg masses or cocoons, and remove them manually. Applying dormant oil sprays can help control insect pests by smothering overwintering eggs and larvae. Keep an eye out for fungal diseases, such as canker or root rot, and take appropriate measures to treat or prevent their spread.  If you are not sure what you are looking for consider calling an arborist to assess your trees’ health and safety.


Caring for your trees in June ensures they remain healthy and resilient throughout the winter and into the growing season. By inspecting and pruning, mulching, watering, protecting young trees, and managing pests and diseases, you can support your trees’ well-being and contribute to the beauty and sustainability of New Zealand’s landscapes. Winter tree care and maintenance may require some effort, but the rewards of a thriving, vibrant tree canopy are well worth it. Call Beaver Tree Service for any support you need with your tree care.

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