Cleaning Up Your Own Backyard

5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Trees This Fall

by Warren Garcia

Fall is the perfect time for you to give your trees some extra attention. A little extra care in the fall can help them thrive throughout the year.

Tip #1: Put Some Mulch Around Your Trees

Get your trees prepared for the winter by putting organic mulch around the base. When you place the mulch around them, don't place the mulch right up against the trunk. Instead, give the mulch a few niches of breathing space around the trunk.  

Spread the mulch out so it covers the entire roof base of the tree at least a couple of inches thick. This will help protect the roots throughout the winter and help the soil better retain water. The mulch will also help keep the soil at a more consistent temperature throughout the year.

Tip #2: Water a Little Bit

You want to make sure your trees have enough water throughout the winter and fall months. You can do this by providing them with a little bit of water. Watering when it is not freezing outside can help your trees get the moisture they need.

Tip #3: Protect Young Trees

If you have any young trees, you are going to want to protect their trunks. You can protect the trunk by wrapping it up with burlap or plastic cloth. This can help protect them from damage from snow and animals. Just make sure that you remove the protective cloth by spring so the tree trunk can grow and expand.

Tip #4: Prune Your Trees

Next, you are going to want to prune your trees in the fall. For your trees that lose their leaves in the fall, you will be able to better see the structure without leaves, making it easier to properly prune them. Any cuts made will not get infected as they will quickly heal as your trees prepare for their winter dormant period. Pruning in the fall will allow your trees to be in the right shape to thrive when they start growing again in the spring.

Tip #5: Plant New Trees

Finally, fall is a great time to plant new trees. The cooler weather allows for the roots to grow and establish before the winter month. Fall is the best time of year to plant things such as burlapped and plant-balled trees.

When it comes to taking care of your trees this fall, you don't have to do this all on your own. You can bring in a tree care service to help take care of all the above tasks. They can apply mulch and water, prune your trees, and plant any new trees you want to add to your property.