Your Fall Tree Care Checklist
Fall has finally arrived. It’s the perfect time for all of us tree lovers to get out in the crisp air and take in the brilliant, warm colors this season has to offer.
Like other seasons, Fall also brings along its list of landscaping tasks. This a great time to plant new trees as the air is cool, but the soil is still warm. You might also want to fertilize or mulch some of your more sensitive plantings before winter temperatures set in. Fall is also the time to inspect your property, making sure there are no hazardous trees that could pose a threat over the winter.
To help you prepare your yard for colder temperatures, we put together the following Fall landscaping checklist. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you need assistance with any of these tasks.
Remove critical risk trees. If you spot severe decay or damage to a major branch, call us and we’ll help you determine if the tree needs to be removed.
Plant new trees or shrubs. Make sure to select tree species that will survive in our region’s Hardiness Zone. The Willamette Valley is under zones 8a and 8b, meaning your plants will have to be able to tolerate temperatures as low as 15 degrees. Read our blog post on how to plant a tree like a pro.
Remove leaf piles from beds and grass. This is important not only for aesthetic reasons, but also to let your lawn breathe. Grass and other ground coverings can be smothered when a thick layer of unshredded leaves is left on top of it over the winter.
Fertilize trees and shrubs. Compensate for the nutrients that would be provided by the fallen leaves that you’ve removed by applying fertilizer to your trees and shrubs. This will strengthen their roots and give them a strong base for next spring’s growth.
Mulch trees and shrubs as appropriate. If you have any trees or shrubs that are particularly sensitive to winter temperatures, apply a generous layer of mulch to keep the soil moist, warm and rich with nutrients.
Inspect trees and shrubs for insects and diseases. Keep your eyes out for bugs, discolored foliage (other than the typical Autumn color changes) and any other signs of disease. Then, give us a call and we’ll help you find the proper treatment.
Looking for ideas and inspiration for your own landscape? Take a stroll through your neighborhood to see what trees are changing color in other people’s yards.
If you have tree care questions, contact us! And, if there are any specific topics you’d like us cover in this blog, leave a comment below.