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A Quick Checklist to Keep Trees Healthy This Fall

fall plant checklist birch foliage

Many new trees are planted across Northeast Ohio during fall, which is wonderful! However, it’s important to remember that your newly planted trees will rely on you to help them grow and thrive.

Follow this checklist to keep all of your trees, both new and old, healthy during the fall season and into winter.

Water Regularly

Sometimes it can be difficult to determine if a tree needs water simply by looking at it, unless you’re a certified tree expert. So, to be safe, assume that your newly planted tree will need regular watering, particularly in advance of the winter season.

While you could water by hand, that doesn’t usually get enough water down to where the tree roots are. Overhead watering, like with a sprinkler, often leads to evaporation and water run-off. For best results, use a soaker hose to ensure your trees get enough water this fall.

Schedule a deep root fertilization for your trees

A fertilization treatment in the fall will help to strengthen your trees’ resistance to potentially stressful weather in the winter. A deep root fertilization targets the roots of your trees, helping them to replace and store vital nutrients that they will need to survive.

pruning-treeIdentify weak tree limbs, and remove or brace them for the winter

Look for any rotting or broken branches that would likely fall during a winter storm. These branches should be removed now as a safety precaution.

Any newly planted trees that are still very susceptible to strong winds and weather conditions should be cabled to withstand the winter season. To help you determine whether your trees need to be cabled, give us a call and one of our certified arborists will be happy to take a look.

Prune your trees

Proper pruning promotes tree health and proper structure (improper pruning can kill a tree). Pruning is easier in the fall because leaves have fallen and you can more clearly see your tree’s structure. If you’re unsure how to properly prune your trees, hire a professional tree service to handle your fall pruning. You can learn more about our pruning services here >>

Don’t forget …

If you’re planting a tree this fall, use proper tree planting techniques or give us a call and we’ll plant it for you. More trees die from improper planting than just about any other cause.

And if you’re looking for some great trees to plant, here are our recommendations for the Northeast Ohio region –