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Caring for Trees in the Fall: What You Can Do?

As the weather cools down and the leaves change colors, it’s clear that autumn is here. Winter is on its way, and you might be wondering if there’s anything you can do to help your trees. Well, the good news is that there are things you can do to make sure your trees do well in the winter and grow nicely next year. You don’t have to be an expert, and there are different options to choose from, whether you want to do it yourself or get help from a certified tree expert.

Winterizing Your Trees

1. Mulching
One simple thing you can do is put a new layer of mulch around the base of your trees. This helps your trees in a few ways. It keeps the soil moist, helps it handle big temperature changes, and adds some good stuff to the soil. You should spread the mulch out in a circle around the tree, but don’t make a big mound of mulch right against the tree trunk.

2. Fertilizing
The mulch you add will slowly break down and give your soil some good things. But it’s also a good idea to give your trees some extra food in the fall. Unlike trees in the forest, our yard trees don’t get a lot of nutrients from fallen leaves and twigs because we clean up our yards. So, adding a special kind of plant food in the fall can help your tree get the nutrients it needs during the winter and help its roots grow.

3. Watering
Water is still important for your trees, but they don’t need as much as they do in the hot summer. If you have a system that waters your yard, you can start watering less. You can keep watering until the first freeze, but make sure the soil isn’t too wet. Some trees, like evergreens, need a good, slow drink of water 1-2 times a week until the ground freezes because winter winds can dry them o

Tree Inspection and Protection

4. Pruning
This time of year is a good time to trim away any dead or damaged branches from your trees. If the branches are small or low, you can use simple tools. Just make sure to cut them the right way. But if you have big branches or you’re not sure what to do, it’s best to get help from a professional tree expert.

5. Trunk Protection
Young trees with thin bark can get hurt by the winter sun or by deer. To keep them safe, you can put plastic guards around their trunks in the fall. You can use plastic drainage pipe from a hardware store, but make sure there’s some space between the guard and the tree. Just remember to take off the guard when spring comes.

6. Checking Your Trees
You should always look at your trees all year long, but in the fall, when the leaves fall off, it’s easier to see if something is wrong. Look for things like weird fungus near the bottom of the tree, damage on the trunk or branches, leaves falling off too soon or changing colors too early, and branches that look dead or weak. If you find any problems, it’s a good idea to talk to a tree expert who is certified.

Taking these steps will help your trees stay healthy during the winter and grow well when spring arrives. It’s not hard, and it’s a great way to care for the trees around you.

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