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Fall Tree Care Checklist

This fall, prepare your trees for the winter months ahead and encourage healthy growth next spring. Before it gets too chilly, head outside to help your trees stay healthy and happy with these 4 tips.

For our full list of fall tree care tips, download our free Fall Tree Care Checklist.

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.

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2.) Hearty hydration:

Fall is the season to give your trees a hearty gulp of water before the winter months strike. 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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3.) Timely planting:

Some trees shed their leaves in autumn and sprout new life in the spring, but fall is actually the opportune time to plant new trees. Since temperatures are much cooler and there is much less chance of stress from sun scorch, drought or extremely high temperatures, newly planted trees get the chance to build root mass and prepare for winter dormancy this season.

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4.) Equip for the cold:

You know winter will arrive after fall, so start preparing now for the snow, frost and cold temperatures. Any sort of extreme weather condition may pose a higher risk of stress for your trees, so cable, brace and prune them before the snow and ice hit. If your tree has weakened or has broken or rotting branches, it may not be strong enough to withstand the added weight of a heavy snowfall or ice storm. Pruning in fall can be easier because most trees have little to no leaves, exposing the structure underneath.

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Contact your local certified Davey arborist with any tree service concerns as you enjoy your landscape this fall.

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