How does nature “winterize” trees growing in nonurban situations? Nature is working with native trees that have evolved with the climate and have genetic characteristics to help them combat freezing temperatures.
Our urban and suburban landscapes are not wild environments with which trees evolved. Fortunately, Virginia Beach averages 60 - 65⁰ F yearly, thanks to the Atlantic Ocean which buffers extreme temperatures. Even in our mild winters, our main task is keeping our trees healthy and vigorous. The tasks listed below help maintain our trees’ health.