Seasonal Tree Care Calendar: Fall Edition
Date September 14, 2022
Fall is the perfect time of year for homeowners in North Texas to take advantage of the cooler weather and give their trees some much-needed care. Seasonal tree care is one of the most important aspects of tree health. It’s essential that your trees are in good shape after summer and are prepared for the upcoming winter. In this blog post, we’ll provide a list of things you need to do this fall to keep your trees healthy and your landscape looking great. Read on to learn more!
Fall Tree Care Checklist
While many of these tips benefit trees year-round, this fall tree care calendar serves as a reminder to highlight important aspects of tree maintenance that are advantageous this time of year. If you need advice or assistance with seasonal tree care, contact an ISA Certified Arborist at (817) 592-6846 today.
Call an ISA Certified Arborist for a Tree Checkup
Just like us, trees need routine checkups to ensure they’re in good health. An ISA Certified Arborist can assess the condition of your trees and provide a treatment plan to ensure they won’t be vulnerable to diseases and pests and are strong enough to survive the winter. A Certified Arborist can conduct a property tour of your landscape to determine which trees need maintenance or are potential safety hazards and need to be removed.
Tree Trimming and Pruning
Since fall is the beginning of the dormant season, it’s the perfect time for tree trimming and pruning. Trees weakened by pests, diseases, or other environmental conditions pose significant liabilities during storms and severe weather. Heavy rain and strong winds can cause overhanging branches to snap and damage people and property. Have a Dallas tree care specialist look at your trees before severe weather arrives, as early fall is a great time to diagnose problems and identify which limbs need pruning. Professional tree pruning is an essential part of tree care and can improve the safety of your property while offering several tree health benefits. Always leave tree trimming and pruning to the experts to minimize safety risks and improve the look and health of your trees.
Fall Clean Up
Most homeowners know that keeping their landscape beautiful includes raking up fallen leaves and getting rid of debris. Apart from aesthetics, this tree care tip is crucial as it reduces the spread of pests and diseases on dead leaves. If the leaves of your trees are sick, be sure to collect and destroy them to protect your nearby plants.
Soil can be improved year-round, but it offers several benefits during the fall. Refreshing end-of-season soil will prime it for spring, and the nutrients stimulate microbes and other helpful organisms. While the soil temperature is still warm, mix in a layer of organic compost to a depth of 3″ to 4″.
If you think your soil needs adjustments, autumn is a great time to do it. Raising or lowering soil pH is best over a three to six-month period. Add lime to raise your soil pH, or add peat moss or sulfur-based amendments if your soil is too alkaline. Improving the soil in your landscape greatly improves water retention, supports plant growth, and helps trees resist diseases, pests, and other stressors.
Trunk Injections and Root Stimulants
Biological root stimulants like mycorrhizal fungi and humates should be applied when roots are active, primarily in spring and autumn. These root stimulants enable plant roots to absorb additional moisture and nutrients and can be especially beneficial for newly planted trees.
If your tree is suffering from iron chlorosis or certain pest infestations, tree care experts can professionally apply trunk injections during this time.
After the growing season, trees start to wind down. Fertilizing in the fall helps them build their energy reserves to carry them through the winter and applying slow-release fertilizers helps ensure the nutrients will be readily available for spring. While you won’t see any new growth, your tree’s roots will be thanking you.
You can apply mulch any time of year, but it makes sense to refresh mulch during autumn. Applying a new layer of mulch will protect your tree’s roots and act as a barrier to severe weather. Mulch also holds warmth and moisture in the soil, keeps weeds at bay, and reduces storm erosion.
Fall is a great time in North Texas to plant new trees as the soil temperature is still warm, enabling root development before winter. Trees planted during autumn will be well-established and ready to take advantage of the surge in spring growth.
As the leaves start to fall, keep a close eye on your trees and look for signs of infestation or disease. It’s important to be aware of the pests and diseases that are active during the fall in DFW, like emerald ash borers and powdery mildew. It would be wise to take advantage of the increased visibility of tree limbs and trunks to get more insight into your tree’s health and mitigate any signs of stress before they become serious. If you’re concerned about the condition of your trees, contact a professional tree care specialist at TreeNewal and enjoy tailored tree services.
TreeNewal is a full-service tree care company committed to protecting customer investment and providing the best tree care services to residential and commercial property owners in North Texas. We offer comprehensive tree services year-round and can help prepare your trees for the upcoming seasons. Our ISA Certified Arborists have extensive experience with fall tree disease management, tree insect management, seasonal tree care, and more. Contact us or give us a call at (817) 592-6846 for leading Dallas tree care services!
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