Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fall Tree Care - 10 things you should do


Fall is sneaking up on us and before we know it, snow will be falling from the sky.  Don't let fall come and go without paying special attention to your trees and shrubs.  Most people think that since the trees are losing their leaves or are bare already, they need to wait until spring to do tree maintenance.  This is not the case!  Here's a list of 0f 10 things you should do for your trees before the snow starts flying!
~Water Your Tree
If your tree is showing brown or any signs of drought, give the tree a drink of water. Most trees have a deep enough root system that they don't require watering. However, many patio trees or trees suitable for planting in your yard because they grow small root balls, may require water. If signs of drought have been a continuing problem, you might want to add mulch at the base of the tree to help retain water in the soil. Don't dig around the roots of a tree because you may destroy them. Without adequate root growth or planted in a place where the roots can't extend deep enough, home owner's might find their tree blown over in the first wind.
~Plant Only Winter Hardy Trees
If you have a tree that is planted in a place likely to cause trouble, fall is a good time to dig them up and move them, assuming they are small enough. Troublesome locations include: next to foundations or paths, next to fences, or in a place where it will topple onto your roof. If a homeowner plants a new tree, they should ensure that the soil and height requirements for the tree are met by the selected location, stake it well using expandable tapes. Unless the tree planted is capable of withstanding freezes, homeowners might want to wait until spring to plant it.
~Remove Trees Planted in Troublesome Locations
If a tree is planted next to a home's foundation, grows too tall or too big of a root ball, you should seriously consider removing the tree. Cut it down with a chain saw, piece by piece if small enough, or hire it down if it is a large tree. Then remove the root by hiring someone or chopping it out. Those of you local to the Chicago area can rely on Trees "R" Us, Inc. tree removal.
~Prune Trees for Safety and Accessibility
If your tree is several years old, you may limb up the tree to make it easier to walk past it on a sidewalk or path. Arborvitae can be sheared to fit your space requirements, but be sure to leave green growth. If your evergreen trees generate a second trunk, remove the newest otherwise most don't need pruning. If a homeowner's tree is small enough that you can handle it safely without help, prune to open up the crown, remove the upper limb of a too narrow crotch, remove or tie up the limb that is too wide. Also remove any dead or weak wood. Be safe first and foremost.  If this is out of your comfort range, call upon your local tree service, like Trees "R" Us, Inc.
~Hire an Arborist to Prune Large Trees
If your large trees have any of the following danger signs: too dense of a crown, too narrow of a crotch between limbs, too wide a crotch, dead or weakened wood, or a cavity in the trunk consult an expert arborist to aid them in pruning it. Trees "R" Us, Inc. has 4 arborists on staff to assess your trees and provide you the best in quality tree care.  In addition, if your tree is located on a scenic view, an arborist can help them prune the tree to permit the scenery to shine through. Don't top trees. Don't remove trees on a hillside, they are probably a major source of erosion control.
~Clean Up Leaf Detritus
Remove leaves after they fall in autumn to ensure any plants below the tree get adequate water and light. Removing leaves also removes the environment that many insects that can damage your tree live in.
~Chop Up Fallen Branches and Chip
Your community may have a recycle program that allows branches in recycle bins up to 3 inches in width as long as they are chopped to fit easily in a container. Chipping machines can be hired or purchased and the resulting mulch is good for paths. Removing fallen branches prevents falls and twisted ankles, allows easy passage, and prevents further damage to plants underneath. Again, your local tree service can take care of these things for you and if you are local, Trees "R" Us, Inc. in the Chicago area will provide you with the best fall tree care.
~Fertilize
Because trees continue to take up water and nutrients, late fall or early spring is a good time to fertilize a tree because winter rains will prevent chemical burn. You should make sure to fertilize after the first frost to prevent new tender growth from damage. Most trees don't require fertilizer although they may be better off with the use of some fertilizer.   Fruiting and flowering trees may need it to thrive.  The arborists at Trees "R" Us, Inc. can help you determine the best plan of action for your trees and shrubs.
~Spray for Bugs
Depending on the insect that is attacking a tree, different bug sprays may be needed.  You should seek the opinion of a tree care professional to help you determine what your trees' needs are.  Fall is the best time to apply dormant spray on fruiting trees.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. has a plant health care division that is specially trained to identify pests and treat them accordingly.
~Stake Trees and Protect against Pests
Young trees planted where wind may damage them should be staked until their root ball has grown big enough to support them. Protect against deer and other animal pests by placing a small fence around the base to keep young growth from being nibbled off and thus killing the tree.


Trees "R" Us, Inc. is a professional tree service in the Chicagoland area.  We service the north shore, north suburbs and northwest suburbs of Chicago.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. has 4 certified arborists on staff ready to assess your plants and tree care needs in a timely manner.  Our services include tree trimming, pruning, stump grinding, emergency tree services, tree removal, cabling and bracing, fertilization and plant health care.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. can be contacted at 847-913-9069 or through our online forms at www.treesrusinc.com.

Thanks for reading,
Nick