As we head into the sleepier seasons of the year we begin to wrap up our yards and prepare them for winter slumber. This is an important time for trees as the need to be ready for the long winter ahead. While it may be easy to forget about our landscaping at this time of the year, a few measures at this time of year will promote healthier trees next spring. Following are a few recommended tree care services for Fall:
– Fall fertilizing
– General pruning but not fruit trees or American elm due to concerns of fire blight and Dutch elm disease
– Tree removal
– Deep-root watering
– Tree risk assessment and other tree-related consulting services
Fall is an ideal time to fertilize trees as the roots take in nutrients and apply them to important health-promoting functions such as root development and disease resistance. Walker Tree Care uses fertilizers that are made up of micronutrients (Iron, Manganese and Magnesium), macronutrients (Potassium, Phosphorus and low levels of time-released Nitrogen), and soil augmenting ingredients (humates and carbohydrates).
Fall Tree Pruning
Pruning trees in fall can help limit storm damage by removing excess leverage of over-extended limbs. In addition, Fall pruning lasts longer than Spring or Summer pruning for two reasons: (1) The tree will not put on any significant growth until Spring, and (2) because the tree is preparing for dormancy growth-stimulating hormones are not released to the degree that they are when fresh cuts are made in the growing season.
Fall Tree Removal
Trees can be removed any time of the year, but if you have a flower garden under the tree, Fall or Winter may be the best time to limit damage to the garden. Trees need to be removed for various reasons including poor structure, disease, bad placement, landscape changes, or maybe it just doesn’t fit the landscape anymore. Sometimes trees are just old or pose a safety hazard. It is far better to remove a hazardous tree than to wait for it to fall due to high winds or winter snow loads.
Fall Deep-root Watering
Irrigation systems are usually turned off in mid Fall before hard frost hits the Front Range. Fall is often a very dry time of year and your trees may need supplemental water going into Winter. Walker Tree Care has the capability to inject water into the soil to deliver the water directly to the tree roots where it is needed. This is far more efficient than applying water at the surface where it can evaporate or be intercepted by grass before reaching the tree roots. We also add a wetting agent to get the water to penetrate the soil and roots better.
Fall Tree Risk Assessment
Tree risk assessment is a systematic process to identify, analyze and evaluate tree risk. Dave Walker, owner of Walker Tree Care earned the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) in 2015 after two days of intensive training and a 1/2-day exam. Tree risk assessment is used to evaluate the likelihood of tree failure under normal conditions, and the likely consequences of such a failure. Homeowners, property managers and urban foresters can benefit from tree risk assessment if they are concerned that a tree has potential to damage property of any sort (structures, cars, other trees), or cause personal injury. Give us a call if you have a tree that you are concerned about. We can help you determine the risk and provide mitigation options.
Contact your Boulder Tree specialist at Walker Tree Care for all your fall tree care needs.