Trees provide shade, improve curb appeal, and increase property value. Keep your trees healthy and strong this autumn with a few simple steps. Here are a few ways to care for your trees this fall.

1. Inspect Trees for Damage

Winter storms can damage trees and cause branches to fall. Before winter weather arrives, inspect your trees for damage. If you see broken or dying branches, trim them with pruning shears or a saw. You’ll keep the tree healthy and prevent damage caused by fallen branches. Trim limbs that overhang the roof or driveway. Strong winds could cause the branch to break, damaging your roof or a vehicle parked in the driveway.

2. Water Trees on Your Property

Most areas receive more rain in the fall. However, if you haven’t had rain in a while, water the trees, especially young and newly-planted trees. Regular watering will help the tree develop strong roots to weather the winter. Water slowly and allow the moisture to soak deep into the soil. It’s also a great idea to water early in the day, before the sun is hot, to let the soil absorb the water before it evaporates.

3. Apply Fertilizer to Care for Your Trees

Trees need nutrients to grow and produce leaves, flowers, and fruit, so feed them in the fall with a good-quality fertilizer. Fall is an excellent time to fertilize because the trees absorb nutrients to prepare for winter. They will grow healthy and vibrant in the spring.

4. Prune Trees

As the weather cools, trees begin to go dormant for winter. The leaves fall, and you can see the shape and structure of the tree more clearly. Pruning in the fall can help reduce storm damage. Remove damaged or weak limbs that could come down in strong winds. Fall pruning also improves the health of your trees. Pruning removes diseased or damaged areas of the tree and encourages new growth to improve the overall health of your trees.

5. Add Mulch to Care for Your Trees

Mulch is especially beneficial for young trees. A layer of mulch provides insulation from freezing temperatures. It helps the soil retain moisture and inhibits weed growth. Apply mulch at least two inches thick around your trees, but not touching the bark. As the mulch breaks down, it also provides needed nutrients to the soil.

Following these simple tips, you can keep your trees healthy and strong all autumn. However, if you have any concerns about the health of your trees, it’s always best to consult with a professional tree care company.

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