How to Care for Your Trees in the Fall

How to Care for Your Trees in the Fall

October 1, 2021

When it comes to landscaping, trees get star status during the fall. In fact, the best time of year for tree maintenance is during autumn when trees and other plants are starting to become dormant.

Here’s a basic guide to the fall tree maintenance tips you need to know to keep all the trees on your property happy and healthy as the weather starts to get cooler:

Caring for new trees

Fall is a great time for planting new trees since it gives them an extra growing season before the stresses of summer—but how do you take care of newly-planted trees in the fall? There are some general guidelines to follow to help your young trees survive what could be a harsh winter, including:

  • Always put a 2- to 3-inch ring of mulch around the base of each tree, but remember to keep the mulch away from the trunk.
  • Give young trees a drink. It’s wise to water right after planting, regardless of the temperature outside.
  • Continue to water the tree throughout the fall. How often and how much should you water? It depends on how much the tree is drinking. Dig a 1-inch hole near the tree, and feel the surrounding soil. If it’s moist, your tree has enough water; if it’s not, give it a drink.

Pruning

The cooler temperatures in autumn make this season an opportune time for pruning. While the physical act of cutting away limbs and branches is easy enough, you could easily damage your trees if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing. Instead, reach out to a qualified arborist who understands what to prune and why—that way, you’ll only prune what’s necessary and preserve each tree’s structural integrity.

Mulching

Trees of all ages and sizes benefit from mulch. It helps regulate temperature, locks moisture into the soil, improves soil quality and even keeps pests and disease from impacting the health of your trees. Mulching is truly one of the fall tree maintenance tips that you can’t afford to forget. For a small investment of time and money, you can protect your trees throughout the cold winter months. As an added bonus, mulch improves the overall appearance of your yard, too.

Watering

Many people mistakenly think that the end of summer is the end of the growing season for trees, but this simply isn’t the case. If you live in an area that experienced droughts or less-than-average rainfall during the summer, you need to give your trees the moisture they need. Give each tree a good drink, but don’t go overboard and flood the soil. While you’re at it, do a pH and nutrient check to determine whether your trees need additional nutrients.

For more information about autumn tree care, including how to take care of newly-planted trees in the fall, reach out to Neumann & Sons Tree Service. Using decades of arborist experience, we’ll help you get your trees in great shape before the winter season arrives.

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