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Autumn Tree Care Guidelines: Key Considerations

The autumn season provides the perfect opportunity to plant beautiful trees. Cooler weather encourages young tree roots to grow before their dormancy period during the winter months. Contact Cherry Hill’s tree service company for assistance planting trees in autumn. 

But what about tree maintenance in the autumn season? Preparing your trees for cold winter days is essential, especially if your trees remain exposed to heavy snowfalls and freezing rains. Continue reading to learn how to care for your autumn trees. 

Tips For Autumn Tree Care 

You may think trees require less care during the cooler months; however, healthy trees need autumn tree services to produce fruit, grow rich canopies, and develop healthy root systems. Prepare your trees for spring’s warm and rainy days by contacting your local tree experts. Consider the following tips for caring for your trees in autumn: 

Tree Pruning 

Winter months expose trees to freezing cold temperatures, heavy snowfalls, and blustering winds. Consider hiring professionals to prune your trees before the cold winter months arrive. Dying branches risk breaking off under the pressure of snow and wind. 

Never attempt to prune trees yourself. Tree service experts utilize advanced techniques and equipment to trim trees safely and effectively. Improperly trimmed trees become susceptible to wood-boring insect infestations, breakage, and weak branch growth. 

Mulch

Mulching your trees in autumn helps your trees retain moisture during the winter. Although trees enter a dormancy period in the winter, they still require essential nutrients to survive. Choose a mulch containing organic matter to give your tree the best chance of surviving the winter. 

The dry air of winter removes crucial moisture from your soil. Mulching your trees in autumn protects growing root systems. Ask your local tree professionals about the best mulch for your trees and soil. 

Watering Schedule 

Autumn trees require consistent watering schedules to survive. Dry tree branches risk falling off and intertwining in power lines. Create a watering schedule to ensure your trees receive proper nutrients. 

Water young trees at least three times a week and mature trees at least twice a month. Consistent watering schedules support healthy canopies, strong branch connections, and thriving root systems. Always ensure water reaches at least eight inches beneath the soil surface to reach expansive root systems. 

Protect Your Trees

Gusting winds and freezing cold temperatures damage trees. Before the winter months, cover your trees with plastic or burlap to protect them from inclement weather conditions. Remove the protective coatings before spring arrives to allow proper growth of your trees. 

Other methods for protecting your trees from winter damage include the following: 

  • Avoid using de-icing agents. De-icing compounds contain harmful chemicals damaging to trees; replace your de-icing agents with sand instead. 
  • Protect young trees from harsh weather conditions and animals by wrapping their base in hard plastic. 
  • Understand the hardiness zone of your geographic location. Hardiness zones define the average minimum temperature where you live. 

Treat Insect Infestations

Wood-boring insects thrive in damaged trees. Inspect all your trees for signs of insect infestations before the winter season. Signs of wood-boring insects in your trees include small holes, dying branches, and small wood shavings around the base of your tree. 

Trust BumbleBee Tree Service for All Your Autumn Tree Care Needs

BumbleBee Tree Service proudly serves the New Jersey community. We offer tree removal, stump grinding, pruning, and lot clearing services at an affordable price. Our staff trains tirelessly to provide exceptional tree services. To learn more about our services and if your trees need fertilizer, call BumbleBee Tree Service at (609) 352-0449 to receive your free estimate today!

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