Fall Tree Care Checklist


We often water our small bushes, perennials, and garden plants, but it can be easy to neglect our larger trees.  Summer months can create dry conditions that can be stressful, even for larger trees in the urban environment.   Depending upon rainfall this fall, supplemental watering might be a good idea, especially as the calendar gets closer to winter.  Making sure your trees go into dormancy with adequate moisture is important.  Dry plants can experience winter burn, and this problem can be even more acute with evergreen trees. 


The best and easiest way to water plants is with a slow trickle of the hose.  Move the hose around to a few locations under the tree and you are sure to find some roots.   A good periodic deep watering brings moisture down into the ground and helps strengthen deeper roots.  Try to avoid using lawn sprinklers. This type of watering tends to splash foliage which can promote fungal disease. 



Fertilization/Soil Treatments

Later in the season as the canopy of the tree begins to shut down, nutrients are moved down into the root systems for storage during the winter.  During this fall time frame roots remain active and it becomes a great time to apply soil amendments and fertilizers.  Fine, small absorbing roots capture nutrients and store them in the tree.  These additional nutrients give the tree a helping hand in spring when it is time to re-foliate.


Other treatments such as soil applied systemic insecticides work the same way.  Fall soil insecticide treatments are absorbed into the root system and come spring are moved thru the vascular system of the tree.  Systemic insecticides are helpful products for insects that are hard to combat with conventional sprays.  This includes emerald ash borer and bronze birch borer. 


Our arborists know and understand if and when trees need care with below ground treatments.  Contact us if you would like a consultation or estimate to protect your trees.  


Tree Supports/Cabling 

Heavy moisture laden winter snows and strong winds can pull down weakened and poorly attached

 limbs.  Cable systems and support systems prevent movement, cracking, and splitting of stems and can prolong the life of older trees.  Cabling is not only for larger trees, it is also helpful for smaller ornamental trees and shrubs with poor structure or multiple stems.   


Our arborists are well versed at cable installations and we can help identify whether not your tree could be strengthened with a cable system.




Tree Risk Assessments/Pruning
 When trees start to shed leaves, a more complete picture of their branch and trunk structure emerges.  Areas of concern become visible and more recognizable.  Rubbing branches, criss-crossing limbs, cavities, dead branches and limb/trunk cracks are all things that we look for when accessing the health and strength of a tree. 
The dormant season becomes a great time to perform both tree risk assessments and healthy crown clean pruning of trees. 

Our team of Certified Arborists is here for your assistance.  Contact us for an assessment or estimate of services that can benefit your trees going into fall and winter.  


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