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Believe it or not, it’s fall and that means it’s time to prepare our trees for the colder months ahead.  Follow these tips to make sure that your trees stay healthy through the winter and thrive when spring comes around.

  1. Fertilize.  Summertime can drain your trees of the nutrients they need once the weather gets cooler.  A slow release fertilizer will replenish any nutrients they’ve lost this summer and keep them healthy through the winter.  A good fertilizer will also protect your trees from pests and diseases.
  2. Hydrate.  Summer is hot and dry, and your trees need to get plenty of water to store up for the winter.  Try subsurface watering to quench your tree’s thirst. Subsurface watering works by inserting an injection probe around your tree’s roots to make sure the roots are getting enough moisture.  
  3. Plant new trees.  Fall is the ideal time to plant new trees.  The weather is much cooler and you won’t have to worry about damaging new trees with sun scorch.  It gives the root structure a chance to establish before dormancy.
  4. Prepare you trees for success.  Fall is the perfect time to brace your trees for winter.  Winter is a very stressful time for trees, so cable and brace your trees for extra support.  Make sure your trees are pruned well to avoid breakage from frost and cold weather storms.
  5. Mulch.  Mulching is very important to keep nutrients and water in, and bugs and root eating animals out.  Mulching also protects your trees from fungus growth.
  6. Spray for insects.  Tree trunks make great homes for insects and bugs in the winter, but this can cause damage to your trees.  Be sure to spray your trees with a safe insecticide to protect them.
  7. Wrap your young trees. Since some trees lose their leaves in the winter, it’s a good idea to wrap your trees in a paper wrap to prevent the trunks from getting sun scald.  

For extra assistance with your tree maintenance, hire a professional arborist to make sure your trees are getting the best possible care.