From football to festivals, outdoor activity comes alive in the fall. As you marvel at the magnificent fall color on your trees, remember that this is also a great time of year to prep your yard for the next growing season. Cooling temperatures slow above-ground growth while moist soil encourages strong root development. Removing spent stems, dead branches and heavy leaf cover protects plants' overall health.
Here are five fall landscape tips from the certified arborists at The Davey Tree Expert Company to ensure your yard is ready for winter:
|When planting trees, make sure the top of the root ball remains at, not below, ground level.|
FALL LANDSCAPE TIP NO. 1: 5 Steps to Plant New Trees and Shrubs
In many parts of the country, planting trees and shrubs in early fall gives plants a head start at establishing roots in the season's cool, moist soil.
|Proper tree pruning can save your landscape from damage during winter snow and winds.|
FALL LANDSCAPE TIP NO. 2: Prune Dead, Diseased Or Unsafe Branches
FALL LANDSCAPE TIP NO. 3: Mulch Young Trees and Plants
FALL LANDSCAPE TIP NO. 4: Collect Leaves
FALL LANDSCAPE TIP NO. 5: Inspect Trees & Shrubs For Insects & Diseases, & Treat Appropriately
|Keep mulch two to three inches away from the tree trunk or trapped moisture will cause the trunk to rot.|
Always talk to a certified arborist, especially if you're seeing early fall color--you may have an issue!
Contact your local Davey professional with any tree service concerns as you enjoy your landscape this fall. Download the Davey Tree fall checklist here for an on-the-go guide.