Checklist: 4 Quick Tips to Protect Your Trees from Damage during Fall

In this blog post from Associa, Davey tells readers how they can prepare their trees to make sure they stay healthy through the upcoming winter months. 

Posted: Oct. 26, 2015 

With fall upon us, we await the arrival of the beautiful, vibrant colors to dawn the leaves of our beloved trees. Over just a few weeks, those bright green leaves transform into shades of dark brown, buttery yellow, deep red and vibrant orange. The changing leaves welcoming you home is one of the best parts of fall.

Pretty soon, after their colorful arrival, you will find yourself raking up the crunchy leaves and bidding farewell to your trees’ foliage for the next couple months.

But how can you be sure that your trees will stay healthy and strong this fall, continuing to welcome you home with their beauty? There’s much more to these majestic trees than the eye can see.

Mark off each of the steps in this fall checklist and your trees will be sure to stand tall and beautiful season after season.

1: Fall fertilization

With a hot summer and cold winter, trees are bound to lose vital nutrients in the soil. To help make sure your trees gain nutrients lost this summer and continue to feed over the winter, apply a slow-release fertilizer to replace nutrients and improve resistance to damage from disease, insects and stressful weather.

2: Hearty hydration

Fall is the season to give your trees a hearty gulp of water before winter strikes. To make sure they are well-hydrated throughout the freezing winter, quench your trees’ roots.

Subsurface watering is an efficient way to reach the tree's roots. Using an injection probe, water is distributed throughout the top 12 inches of soil— the area your trees need water the most. The subsurface watering method is ideal for trees and shrubs without irrigation systems, newly planted trees and trees that need temporary relief from drought stress. 

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