Friday, October 30, 2015

9 Tree Care Tips for the Fall

Fall is a time for tree care

Time to ramp up your gardening and tree care regimen

Hello fall! What a wonderful time of year. It's not time to shut down the gardening and tree care duties just because days are shorter and the weather is cooler. On the contrary, it is time to ramp up your gardening duties and your tree care regimen

What's on my fall tree care regimen?

With fall comes a list of tasks that all homeowners should complete before winter sets in. Now is the right time to do a variety of tree services too, like planting new trees and shrubs, removing unhealthy or hazardous trees that could pose a threat over the winter, adding fertilizer and completing your tasks prep to do and we will walk you through it.
Fall is a great time to prune trees. 
with a 2-3 inch layer of mulch. There's lots to

Fall tree care checklist

1. Remove trees that pose a hazard.

How do you know? Talk to a Certified Arborist or better yet a professional tree service with Certified Arborists on staff. Remember that some trees pose a real hazard and may cause damage to property or people. Winter can be brutal and can exasperate the situation. Ice and snow pile up on tree branches and high winds can pose a definite threat. If a tree is hazardous and you don't do something about it now, you could be looking at an emergency tree removal as a result. These jobs are often performed on a rush basis and are more expensive than a routine tree removal; not to mention the damage that may have occurred in the process.

2. Fertilize trees and shrubs.

This should be part of your annual program, but doing this in the fall as opposed to other seasons is beneficial. Having a hot summer and cold winter means trees can lose vital nutrients in the soil. To help make sure your trees regain the nutrients lost from the summer and continue to feed during winter, we recommend that application of a slow-release fertilizer. This type of fertilizer will replace nutrients and improve resistance to damage from disease, insects and stressful weather. Remember that the fertilizers available to the average consumer at the big box stores are less concentrated than those a professional tree service will use. In many cases, a tree service needs a special license to apply professional-grade fertilizers. If you want to ensure you are giving your trees the right mix and strength, ask your local tree service to fertilize for you.

3. Hydrate.

Quench their thirst! Fall is the time to give your trees a good drink of water. Do this before the winter hits to make sure they stay hydrated until spring. Make sure you are giving them enough water to get to the trees' roots. Depending on the type of tree you have and it's age, you make need a injection
tree injection probe for watering tree roots trees r us
Watering trees sufficiently so that
their roots become saturated is
important in the fall. Sometimes a
tree injection probe is needed to
accomplish this. 
probe in order to get water down to the tree's root system. This will make your trees happy during a long cold winter!

4. Prune dead, diseased or unsafe branches. 

This is a great time to do that now that some of the leaves are starting to fall and the trees structure can be seen more easily.

5. Inspect trees and shrubs.

You are looking for insects and diseases. Depending on what you find, now is also the time to treat any infestations or diseases. Not sure what to look for or how to treat your trees. This is one of the most common reasons people use a tree service. Contact your local tree service and lean upon them for this. They are highly trained in this area and will serve your tree much better than you can just because they have hands-on experience in dealing with tree diseases and infestations many, many times a year.

6. Cable or brace weak limbs in preparation for severe weather

Do this now to avoid an emergency later. Winter is not nice to trees and shrubs. Extreme weather conditions are bound to happen so be proactive in preventing damage or loss. Cabling and bracing before the snow and ice hit will help your tree especially if it has weakened, broken or rotting branches. The added weight of a heavy snowfall or ice storm could be cause for emergency tree removal. You want to avoid that at all costs.

7. Remove leaf piles from beds and turf

Remove the leaf piles and turf and till the soil a bit. Apply a good amount of water to soak the roots of your plants and trees. You'll follow this up with a layer of mulch. 

8. Plant any new trees or shrubs

Even though you make think that since most trees sprout new life in spring and let their leaves fall in autumn that spring is the time to plant trees. In actuality, this is very counterintuitive because it is autumn that is the most opportune time to plant. There are several reasons for this. By planting in the fall, trees get the time to build and grow roots in effort to prepare for winter dormancy. In addition, the cooler temperatures and less sunlight yield a lesser chance of scorch from the sun, drought and stress from high summer temperatures.

9. Mulch trees and shrubs as appropriate.

Your finishing touch is mulch. A fresh 2-3 inch layer of mulch will protect your trees and shrubs from
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Adding mulch in the fall is good idea to protect trees and shrubs
from the harsh winter elements. 
the cold winter elements. It will preserve your last good watering and will provide the soil a host of nutrients that the trees can then feed upon.

There's no doubt that this fall checklist will improve the overall health and appeal of your landscape. For more information, or for a consultation with a Trees "R" Us, Inc. contact us through our website, by phone at 847-913-9069, or by email.

Out on a limb for you,

Jenni Willis
Trees "R" Us, Inc.
President and CEO

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