Sometimes we wish trees could talk, so they could weigh in on their likes and dislikes of our fall maintenance plans. But, because they cannot, we want to speak up for them on three things we know to be true. In fact, they are begging you not to do these things during the fall!
Let fallen trees linger.
Summer storms showed up in full force this year, and unfortunately they wreaked havoc on many trees across Georgia. It’s important to pick up any tree debris from these storms, especially as it relates to trees or limbs that have fallen into your yard. Tree remnants left on the ground can attract insects and disease and pose a threat to nearby trees or other vegetation.
Skimp on the mulch.
Winter protection is important for trees, especially young or recently planted trees. When the ground starts to frost, apply a layer of mulch around the base of priority trees. Four to six inches of mulch is sufficient and will help your trees maintain heat during the cold months. Be sure to leave a 2-3 inches gap between the mulch and the tree trunk. Wood chips from a ground up stump or fallen leaves can be great to use as mulch.
Because a tree’s architecture is more visible in the fall, this season can be a great time to assess pruning needs. However, any pruning should be minimal and light. Fall pruning should only be for helping to shape the tree. Too much pruning in the fall can hinder healthy tree growth and sugar production and be harmful to the overall health of the tree. A trained tree expert can advise you on the best time and method for pruning your trees.
Tree maintenance doesn’t end once fall is over. Caring for your trees is a yearlong process, but when done correctly, it can be cost-effective and reap beautiful rewards. Please contact us to learn how we can assist with any residential or commercial tree care needs.