Friday, November 6, 2015

November Tree Care Checklist

fall tree planting
Fall is a great time to plant trees, but make sure it
gets proper tree care.

November Tree Care Checklist

November is such a beautiful month and it reminds us of everything we have to be thankful for. Planting trees is a popular choice in November. Many think that planting in November is not a good idea since cold winter weather in imminent, but in actuality, is the perfect time to plant new trees.

Advantages to planting in the fall

There are many advantages to planting trees in the fall, especially for trees like Sugar Maples and even Bloodgood Japanese Maples. The warm soil temperatures coupled with the cooler days and nights, actually promote root growth right through to December and in some cases, depending on where you live, beyond the New Year! Trees planted in fall get off to a great start when given the proper care.
So, what do you need to do to make sure your newly planted tree gets well accustomed to its soil and ready for winter? Here's my fall tree care checklist which holds true for any tree, but especially newly planted ones.

November Tree Care Checklist

~DO continue to plant.

As long as mother nature lets you (meaning you aren't having an unseasonably cold or snowy November), you may continue to plant deciduous trees and shrubs. It is a myth that soil should be amended when planting trees and shrubs. If you miss the opportunity in the fall to plant, be aware that the next best time for planting will be in March. You'll want to get your planting in before the trees leaf out.

~DON'T till the soil

It is a myth that soil should be amended when planting trees and shrubs. The first instinct is to make the soil easier for roots to penetrate. But if you make the soil in the dug hole nice, what’s to encourage the tree roots to expand? You’re left with a tree that can’t support itself, because its roots circle in the hole and don’t reach out into the native soil. Those circling roots cause other problems down the road, like girdling, which chokes the trunk. So don’t add anything else to the original soil, just break the soil surrounding the hole up with a spade. 

~ DON'T relocate established trees and shrubs at this time. 

mulch trees in fall
Add mulch to your trees and shrubs in the fall, but make sure
it does not contact the truck of the tree. 
Possibly late November to January or February is a better choice. Depending on where you live your trees will be in slightly different states, the key here is to relocate when the trees are dormant.

~DO mulch!

Mulch is one of the best things you can do for any plant before the winter strikes, but especially for newly planted trees. Apply 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch, wood chips, shredded bark, leaves, or compost to root zones of newly planted trees and shrubs. Be sure to pull mulch 4 inches away from tree trunks.

~DO water it and water it well.

Continue to water trees and shrubs, especially evergreens, until the ground has frozen completely.
water trees and protect them from critters
Water your trees well in the fall
and add a protective barrier between
the tree and animals that may want
to munch on it over the winter.

~DO put down Protective barriers.

If rabbits, rodents, or deer have been a problem in past winters, take precautions with valuable woody plants now. For new trees, create a physical barrier between the tree and potential enemies. We like physical barriers better than sprays. It's a greener way to protect your trees and usually just a effective. For trees that were gnawed upon in years past, garden netting or snow fencing should work well to keep the tree free and clear from abuse this season. Our favorite method of protecting tree trunks from gnawing rabbits is by setting up 12 to 16 inches of hardware cloth tacked into the soil approximately 3 inches away from the trunk.

~DO wrap the tree.

Another option is to help the tree make it through winter is to wrap the trunk, especially those of young tree. It will protect them from winter winds and may also deter animals from rubbing up against them or munching on them.

~DO create windbreaks.

If necessary, construct burlap windbreaks 12 inches away from any newly planted, sensitive shrubs. The screens will buffer damaging effects of bitter, northwest winter winds.
Antidessicant sprays are not recommended for routine use on broadleafed evergreens. Some gardeners have used these products on rhododendron, azalea, boxwood, or holly to protect foliage from the drying effects of wind. Research indicates, however, that the waxy coating these products create can interfere with normal transpiration in the plants' foliage.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. prides itself not only on being the best tree service in the suburbs of Chicago, but also in educating its customers about trees, tree maintenance and tree care. As tree service providers to the North shore, north suburbs, and northwest suburbs of Chicago, we offer exceptional tree trimming, tree removals, stump grinding and plant health care. Contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. today for more information or an analysis of your trees and plants. Check us out on the web at or call us at 847-913-9069.

Out on a limb for you,

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

1 comment:

  1. Great post about tree care checklist see so many times people over pile on trees and kills bark