Did you know that fall is actually the best time to get your trees planted and taken care of? In between raking up piles of leaves or bagging them up to make “pumpkins,” you can be getting your trees all settled for the winter and colder months ahead. Routine maintenance is continued into the fall, preparing your trees. Here are a few tips on how to get your trees set for the rest of the year.

Expanding the Environment – The cool weather is perfect any type of trees, but especially new trees and saplings. It’s not too hot and not too cold, so the risk of temperature shock is low. The roots will be able to form and grow a lot easier in the dirt with some mulch and a little bit of fertilizer.

Street lined with trees

The cool weather is perfect any type of trees, but especially new trees and saplings.

Keep the Hydration Up – It’s important to water plants, but in the fall watering shouldn’t be frequent as when it’s done in winter. The ground should be damp, but not sopping wet to avoid the ground freezing too fast when the temperature starts dropping.

Child watering tree

In the fall watering shouldn’t be frequent.

Have A Strong Base – One of the best things to add to the base of the tree is mulch. Mulch is the insulation for the ground. Any heat that is being generated in the soil stays there and helps promote strong and healthy roots. Moisture gets locked in too, so the roots have a perfect watering system.

Red cedar mulch

Mulch is the insulation for the ground.

No Dead Ends – Winter can be pretty harsh on any tree. To ensure that the tree and the property stay safe, it’s best to get rid of any damaged limbs, whether they be diseased or just dead altogether. This will end up protecting the tree, and possibly a building, during a heavy storm. Also, this trimming and pruning maintenance will help promote healthy growth come springtime.

snapped fallen branches

Winter can be pretty harsh on any tree.

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