Tend to Your Trees in Fall: Rest Easy All Winter
Autumn is the perfect time to schedule maintenance for your trees. You want to feel confident they will weather any winter storms and be in the best shape possible for spring regeneration. There are many things to consider when prepping and conditioning trees for their season of dormancy. Prepare early and you’ll ensure you’ve covered every detail!
Fall is an excellent time to prune. As the red, orange and gold leaves drop; the bare trunk unveils a clear visual to detect any structural weakness. Once the tree’s branch structure is visible, the spread of certain disease pathogens and or, insect infestations, is less likely. Trimming healthy trees provides the perfect setup for vibrant blooming in spring. For trees in trouble, an early assessment leaves time for cabling, bracing and or, removal if necessary. The last thing you want is the liability of a structurally unsound tree and the worry you’ll face every time the weather person forecasts a winter storm!
Diligently examine your trees for insects and diseases and treat accordingly. Inspect for: emerald ash borer, scale, mites, lace bugs or bark beetles. Check leaves for discoloration, borer holes, sudden thinning and abnormal leaf size. Check trunk and branches for holes, frass on the trunk and lifting roots. Years of drought have set up the “perfect storm” for these blights to wreck havoc and in some cases, the trees will be too damaged to save.
Using an injection probe, distribute water throughout the top 12 inches of soil. This is the area where your tree needs a “drink” the most. The slow injection technique bypasses slow infiltration rates of soils with high clay content and the injection of water under pressure into the soil can aid in soil compaction relief. This watering method is perfect for trees without irrigation systems, evergreen trees at risk from seasonal drying conditions and newly planted trees that need temporary relief from drought stress.
Following a long hot summer, trees need more than water. Extended periods of heat weaken trees, making them more susceptible to infestations. Protect the long-term health of your trees and aid them in weathering the winter by mulching and fertilizing. A slow release fertilizer can replace lost nutrients in the soil and improve resistance to damage from a harsh winter. High-quality, organic mulch improves the soil around the tree, conserves soil moisture and provides weed control.
Winter storms come with enough worry…icy roads, travel restrictions, school closures…you don’t want to be consumed with thoughts of failing trees! Our arborists are educated professionals who can quickly assess your trees health and give you an honest, fair estimate for service. Call us today and then curl up by a cozy fireplace and rest easy as Old Man Winter makes his annual visit.