Fall Tree Care Checklist: Prepare Your Property for Challenging Winter Conditions

Fall Tree Care Checklist: Prepare Your Property for Challenging Winter Conditions

Rarely this summer were weather conditions normal. From a drought in California to downpours that turned into sweltering heat in the Midwest, challenging weather kept us on our toes. A change in seasons now means a change in the air for much of the country, but don’t crack open a window and get ready to kick back and enjoy those ideal nights for sleeping just yet. First, you’ll want to spend some time outside getting your property ready to hibernate, too.

A well-rounded fall tree care and maintenance plan can help ensure good plant health. Follow the steps in these three phases, and then you can rest easy, knowing your property will be set to withstand the winter months and ready to look great when spring rolls around.

Phase I: Post-Labor Day

  • Inspect trees and shrubs for invasive insect species and diseases, and treat properly.
  • Remove critical-risk trees.
  • Plant new trees and shrubs. Before planting new trees, be sure to consider whether your planting location provides adequate space to grow and a proper soil type.

Phase II: Before Halloween

  • Prune dead, diseased or unsafe branches. Ridding your trees of these branches helps them live longer and withstand severe weather conditions.
  • Mulch trees and shrubs as appropriate. When applied at a depth of 2 to 4 inches, good mulch helps to keep organic matter in the soil, conserve moisture and provide weed control.
  • Fertilize trees and shrubs. Applying a slow-release fertilizer helps to compensate for the nutrients sapped away by lawns and other plants.

Phase III: Before Thanksgiving

  • Remove leaf piles from beds and turf.
  • Cable or brace weak limbs to prepare for winter’s severe weather.
  • Water evergreen trees. Watering is especially vital for younger, less established trees.

For more fall tree care tips, download the free Davey Fall Tree Care Checklist.

Looking for a more tailored approach to caring for your property? Schedule a complimentary consultation with your local Davey office today.

  • The Tree Doctor October 14, 2016 >Hi Var! Great question! Use the soil trick to figure out how often to water your pine, apple and locust tree before winter. More info on that trick and how much to water your trees each week here: blog.davey.com/2016/07/how-much-water-does-my-tree-need-weekly. Generally, watering your trees a few times a week when it's not raining will work well. Thanks for reaching out, Var! Here if you have any more questions.
  • Var Mullen October 10, 2016 >How often should I water my pine tree, apple tree and locust tree now before winter as it has been very dry in our state this late summer and fall? If the winter is overly dry should I water these trees.
  • The Tree Doctor October 3, 2016 >Hi there, Lois! Sure thing. Glad you're thinking about how you can improve the overall health of your yard! We're happy to help. I've passed your note along to your local arborist, who should be reaching out soon. If you'd rather, you can also contact them directly. Give them a ring at 330.968.2548, or fill out this form here: davey.com/local-offices/akron-tree-service-and-lawn-service/#main-form. Thanks, Lois.
  • Lois James October 2, 2016 >I would like the fellow who takes cars of our yard to walk around with me and tell me exactly what he does. Perhaps we need to readjust our plan! Might need to remove some small trees and need advice on the lawn. Thanks, Lois James
  • The Tree Doctor September 26, 2016 >Hi Carole! So glad you reached out to Davey for help on this. Your trees are certainly lucky to have you caring for them! I passed along your request to your local office, so they should be reaching out soon. If you'd prefer, you can also contact them directly at 314.696.5975 or davey.com/local-offices/west-st-louis-tree-service/#main-form. Talk more soon, Carole!
  • Carole Rawlins September 22, 2016 >I would like an estimate on the cost of pruning the large oak tree in my back yard. I also have questions about the health of several smaller trees in my yard.
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