Many homeowners tend to think yard work comes to a stop in the fall, but it’s important for the health of your trees to prepare them for harsh winter conditions. By taking a few simple steps, you can help your trees weather the worst winter New England can throw at them.
First, spread a layer of mulch under each tree. This will act as an extra layer of insulation to protect the tree’s roots from cold and frost. We suggest using organic composted mulch which will will not only protect the tree, but feed it as the organic matter decomposes.
You’ll also want to continue to adequately water your trees throughout the fall. They need water as much now as they did during the spring and summer, especially after the unusually dry conditions we’ve had over the past couple of years. Just be sure not to water when the soil and trees are frozen.
Consider protecting trees from damage due to snow plows, shoveling, and hungry animals. Young trees in particular are more susceptible to these forms of damage. Wrapping the trunks of these trees in burlap or plastic cloth will ward off damage as well as provide additional protection against the cold.
Fall is an ideal time to prune trees. Once the leaves have fallen, it’s easier to see the tree’s shape and structure as well as any damaged or diseased branches. Pruning correctly is vital to the tree’s health, so for this task it is best to consult a professional. Large trees must be pruned by a trained arborist for safety reasons as well as for the health of the tree.
You may be surprised to learn this, but fall is the ideal time of year to plant new trees! The cooler weather stimulates root growth. Later, the warmth and rain of spring encourages new top growth, resulting in a well established tree. Some species of trees are best planted early in fall, while others do better when planted after becoming dormant. Consult your garden store for the best time to plant the tree you wish to add to your yard.
At Westchester Tree Life, we strongly encourage our clients to schedule a tree inspection before winter snow and wind take their toll. We will carefully inspect your trees for any weakness and help prepare them for the coming season. Contact us today to schedule an inspection and learn how we can help prepare your trees for winter!