With the Labor Day weekend just around the corner, summer’s end will be here before we know it. Now is the time to start looking forward towards the fall.
You’ve been landscaping all year and you want to make sure your trees will remain strong through the winter. A healthy autumn for a tree can be absolutely essential in providing them strength through the colder months. The fall warm soil and cool air can help to stimulate root growth and aid your trees in establishing themselves before the ground freezes in the winter.
Read on and we’ll walk you through what tree care you should be doing as September hits.
Fertilizer is Your Friend
One of the easiest ways to keep your trees healthy is utilizing fertilizer.
Trees that grow in forests find all of their required nutrients in a rich soil environment that has grown over thousands of years. Your home yard trees don’t have quite the same advantage.
In fact, trees in suburban and city areas face high-stress conditions, such as low moisture availability, physical alterations, and construction. As beneficial as they are for us, it’s easy for trees to become weak and vulnerable in these environments. They can fall prey to insects, harsh weather or diseases.
To combat the environment, you must employ proper and regular fertilization to your green friends. Fertilizer can provide missing nutrients and ensure your trees are strong enough to face anything that comes at them.
Try Using Mulch
Mulching isn’t just an attractive aesthetic choice (with colored varieties on the rise) you can make for the tree bases in your yard. It’s also quite helpful to the health of your trees.
Mulching helps to insulate tree roots from cold weather. It also helps the soil retain water and other organic materials below the surface.
When mulching, it’s advised that you create a layer that is about two to three inches deep. A nice thin layer like this will keep your trees insulated while still allowing rainwater to pass through and get into the soil. You want to avoid what is known as “mulch volcanoes” or thick and tall piles of mulch that rise around the base of a tree. This can prevent water from passing through and actually dehydrate a tree to the point of death.
Mulching trees also helps to keep their roots cooler in hot weather. It can also prevent soil erosion in some cases, especially when a tree is planted on a slope or hillside.
Other Autumn Tree Care Tips
There’s a number of small and helpful actions you can take to help care for your tree in the autumn months.
Raking the frequently fallen tree leaves throughout the fall will help to prevent the kinds of environment where bacteria grow. If left untouched, this bacteria has the potential to infect trees as they bloom back to life in the spring.
Fall is also the best time to plant new trees if you’re looking to add to your yard. The weather in autumn is neither too hot nor too cold and provides the best possible environment. There is a limited chance of drought and sun scorch.
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