It is hard to believe that summer is nearly over and that fall is right around the corner. While some of us don’t like thinking about the cooler months ahead, others are looking forward to the lower temperatures and shorter days. Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on, it is important to start thinking about prepping your trees for fall and winter so that they can weather the changing seasons well. Impeccable Landscapes is your go-to source for tree care services in Spokane Valley and we are happy to help you out with the task. Check out four tips below to help your trees stay happy and healthy in the coming months.
Fall Tree Care Tips
Tip #1: Tree Clean Up
Fall can be breezy here in the Spokane Valley area. We can even see snow with freezing temperatures late in the season. These conditions can spell trouble for stressed trees with weakened or broken limbs and it is wise to address these issues with thorough tree clean up tasks in the fall before the cold weather hits. Consider using braces or cables to secure weak branches.
It is also a good idea to prune away any branches that are broken or in danger of breaking with the cooler weather. Critical risk trees should be removed altogether to help prevent the tree from falling during the winter and damaging your property. Don’t forget to check your flowerbed and the corners of your property for leaf piles — cleaning these up can help eliminate nesting spots for fall pests.
Tip #2: Feed and Mulch Trees
It is not uncommon for trees to lose vital nutrients during hot summer weather. This can make them more susceptible to damage from disease, insects, and inclement weather. Fertilizing them before fall arrives ensures that they have the proper vitamins and nutrients they need to withstand the temperature extremes during the fall and winter. Early September and November are perfect times to apply a slow-release fertilizer to help fortify your trees.
Mulching is another important tree care task for fall that offers several benefits. This task helps insulate the soil, offering protection from cold weather and soil compaction. It also helps the soil retain water so that the tree’s roots can stay moist and it helps eliminate weeds to prevent root competition. To mulch your tree, clear away a 3-foot area around the base of your tree and pour wood chips or bark pieces into the area. For maximum benefit, aim for the mulch to be 2 to 4 inches deep and keep the mulch away from the tree trunk.
Tip #3: Plant and Water Trees
While many homeowners think of spring as the ideal time for planting trees and shrubs, fall is actually a great time to plant new trees. Trees planted in the spring can be more susceptible to scorching in the warmer temperatures and they can be damaged by drought and heat during the summer. Planting in the cooler temperatures of late summer and fall gives your trees the opportunity to build root mass and prepare for winter dormancy.
Fall is also a great time to give your tree’s roots much needed hydration to prep them for the cold weather ahead. The best way to get water down to the roots is to use an injection probe for subsurface watering. This reduces the loss of water by evaporation and ensures water is delivered throughout the top 12 inches of soil. While all trees can benefit from a good watering, it is an especially good idea if you don’t have an irrigation system, your area has recently endured a drought, or you have planted new trees.
Tip #4: Inspect Trees
Lastly, it is always a good idea to perform a thorough inspection of your trees before the colder weather settles in. During your inspection, be sure to keep an eye out for the tell-tale signs of disease or pest problems. If you notice anything peculiar, contact a reputable company that provides tree care services to have the issue remedied right away. Doing so before the cold weather hits ensures that your tree is as healthy as possible going into the fall and winter, which gives it the best opportunity for health and vitality in the spring.
Benefits of Hiring a Professional Arborist
When it comes to the health and beauty of your trees, you don’t want to leave anything to chance by performing DIY tree care services. A professional arborist has the knowledge and expertise to properly inspect, treat, and maintain your trees to keep them healthy all year long. At Impeccable Landscapes, we have an ISA-certified arborist on staff and specialized arbor techs who have years of experience providing custom tree care services to our residential and commercial clients. From foliar insect treatments and systemic insecticide drenches to deep-root watering and feeding, we can do it all.
Need Tree Care Services in Spokane Valley
If all of the tasks associated with prepping your trees for fall sounds like too much work, why not leave it to the pros? Impeccable Landscapes offers affordable tree care services that will have your trees pruned, fed, inspected, and otherwise prepared for the cooler months ahead and we are just a phone call away. Contact us today to request a quote — we look forward to hearing from you!