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4 Essential Steps to Prepare Your Trees for Winter

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With the fall season quickly approaching, you may be planning ways to spruce up your landscape with pumpkins, mums and hay bales. While these are great ways to add color and beauty suited to the season, the fall is also an important time to focus on tree maintenance. A landscape design that includes healthy, appealing trees not only improves your home's curb appeal, but it can also increase its overall value.

Of course, you may not know where to begin to prepare your trees for the harsh winter. With this guide and the help of professionals, your trees will be ready for the cooler temperatures of the fall and winter season.

Remove

One of the first steps you should take in the fall is to remove any trees that are diseased, beyond treatment or dangerous to your home.

Diseased trees will most likely place healthy trees and shrubs at risk since many fungal infections and root rots can spread quickly. If diseased trees are planted too close to your healthy trees, remove the diseased trees from your landscape.

Heavy amounts of winter precipitation can wear down healthy trees too. This excessive moisture wears down foliage and branches, causing them to drop lower to the ground.

If these trees are located near your home or other outdoor structure, the weight will cause the branches to fall and damage your home. Consider removing any trees that may be dangerous to your home, cars or other assets.

If you prefer to leave healthy trees in your yard, landscaping string or rope can be used to brace weak limbs in place. This will reduce the risk of the branches falling.

Fertilize

The end part of the fall season is the perfect time to fertilize your trees.

Fertilizer is necessary to strengthen the tree, ensuring it is capable of surviving the harsh change of weather during the fall and winter. In addition, fertilizer will strengthen the soil and tree roots, which will stimulate new, healthy growth in the spring season.

A slow-release fertilizer should be spread evenly on the soil around each tree in your landscape design. For best results, a fertilizer that contains a combination of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium should be applied.

Treat

Insects, such as Japanese beetles or other bugs, may have invaded your trees during the summer. These small pests can do enormous damage to your trees, feeding off the leaves and flowers while spreading diseases that are difficult to treat.

Inspect your trees for signs of damage from pests. Brown spots on green foliage, holes in the leaves or wilting leaves and branches are all signs of insect infestations and potential disease.

Trimming damaged foliage and cutting away damaged limbs will be necessary to help your tree heal. Also, applying an insecticide to the tree is beneficial for repelling insects through the fall season.

Prune

No matter if your trees are perfectly healthy or not, pruning to reshape them during the fall is smart.

Removing dead foliage, wilted branches and diseased parts of the tree in the fall will prepare your tree for thick foliage, greener plants and healthier flowers in the spring season.

Use sharp pruning shears to trim off dead, injured or broken branches and any limbs that are crossing and coming in contact with one another.

Each tree has its own unique shape, so many homeowners are fearful of pruning their trees excessively. Thankfully, professionals understand how to remove dead overgrowth without affecting the look of specific trees.

Removing problematic trees, fertilizing, treating and pruning are necessary steps to maintain your trees. Contact AAA Tree Service to learn more about maintaining your trees this fall.