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Injury inspection: If winter protection wasn’t used, this is one of the first tasks of the spring. You have to look for any signs of stress on the trunk. As an example, cracks called frost cracking or southwest injury (the side receiving the most winter sunlight) or signs of mice and rabbits both of which chew bark and can girdle trees. 

 

If you see any stress signs, talk to your garden center staff members.

 

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