Fall is a time for change, and trees are no exception. As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, trees begin to prepare for winter. This is a good time to take some steps to help your trees stay healthy and strong through the winter months.
Here is a fall tree care checklist:
- Inspect your trees for pests and diseases. Fall is a common time for pests and diseases to attack trees. Inspect your trees regularly for signs of problems, such as:
- Dead or dying branches
- Holes in the bark
- Wet or discolored leaves
- Sawdust or frass (insect droppings)
- Sooty mold
If you see any signs of pests or diseases, take action to treat them immediately. You can hire a professional arborist to treat the problem, or you can do it yourself if you are experienced.
- Fertilize your trees. Fall is a good time to fertilize your trees. This will help them store up nutrients for the winter. Use a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen and phosphorus.
- Mulch around your trees. Mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil and suppress weeds. It also helps to protect the roots of your trees from the cold. Apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch around the base of each tree.
- Prune your trees. Fall is a good time to prune dead, diseased, or damaged branches from your trees. This will help to improve the health and appearance of your trees. However, avoid pruning any trees that bloom in the spring, as this can reduce their flowering for the following year.
- Water your trees. If the fall is dry, be sure to water your trees regularly. This will help them to stay hydrated and healthy during the winter months.
- Protect your trees from wind and ice. If you live in an area that is prone to strong winds or ice storms, you may need to take steps to protect your trees. This could include tying down branches or wrapping the trunks with burlap.
By following these tips, you can help your trees stay healthy and strong through the winter months.
Here are some additional tips for fall tree care:
- Have a professional arborist inspect your trees every year. This will help to catch any problems early on, when they are easier to treat.
- Plant trees that are adapted to your climate. This will help them to be more resistant to pests, diseases, and winter weather.
- Water your trees deeply and less often. This will help to encourage deep root growth, which will make your trees more drought-tolerant.
- Mulch around your trees with organic materials, such as leaves, bark, or compost. This will help to improve the soil quality and suppress weeds.
- Prune your trees only when necessary. Too much pruning can stress your trees and make them more susceptible to pests and diseases.
By following these tips, you can help your trees thrive for many years to come. Contact us for a review of your trees and how we can help you maintain your urban forest!