September 14

September Tree Care Tips: Preparing for Fall

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Many people think that fall is just a time to just let your trees do their thing and let them alone – however, this is not the case at all. In fact, there are quite a few things that you can do in fall (other than decorate or pull toilet paper from the branches) to ensure health for the rest of the year.

Weather has been somewhat crazy this year, and it might seem like autumn isn’t going to come, but you know that it will, and so do the trees. With the change in the season, your trees will be using up a lot energy to prepare for the colder weather. We’ve put together some advice for you this fall:

Tips for Fall Tree Maintenance

Use Fertilizer! Between the heat of summer and the harshness of winter, trees lose a lot of nutrients just trying to stay healthy. The best thing you could do is use some slow-releasing fertilizer that will improve its ability to stand up to things like bugs looking for a place to stay, diseases that flourish in the winter, and bad weather. The slow-releasing variety means you can wait a while between placements.

Time Planting! This is something we tend to blame on school when we were younger – our customers were taught that spring was the time to plant new trees, but that isn’t the case. Fall is actually a better time to plant because they sun can be brutal and put a lot of stress onto the tree. As long as you have them placed early, they will be plenty hardy by the time winter’s harshest weather hits.

HYDRATE. Many people think that snow and ice means that trees will have plenty of moisture, but that isn’t the case. Colorado State explains that soil can freeze, which means that the water can’t permeate. One easy way to ensure proper hydration is to water before the winter starts, but also to break up the frozen soil during the winter.

Get Them Ready!  Winters aren’t as harsh in Indianapolis as they are in other areas of the country, but they are still something that you should prepare for ahead of time. Every few years, we get a harsher than usual winter, so you might want to invest in tree blankets to prepare for those.

Here’s a video that will help you understand how trees survive winter:

Need Help?

Take advantage of the days where you can do a lot of work without breaking a sweat and take care of your trees! If you look through our blog, you can find out tips for pruning trees or checking for any trees you should remove. Remember, if you have any tree needs in Indianapolis, contact us today!

Photo Credit: Amy Cahill on Flickr!

Menchhofer Tree Care

About Steve Menchhofer

Steve Menchhofer has been caring for the trees of the Indianapolis, Indiana metro area for over 40 years. Steve and his team of experienced, certified arborists are members of the International Society of Arboriculture and the Indiana Arborist Association.

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  1. I really like your tip about planting your tree in the Fall because the sun can be brutal and put stress on the tree. My husband and I are thinking about planting a tree in our front yard and we couldn’t figure out when it would be best to plant. I will have to share these Fall tree maintenance tips with my husband.

  2. Although I agree that winters can be harsh on your trees, it’s a good time to take advantage of the season. I’ve heard that winters can be a good time to get your trees pruned. I’m not sure how true that is, so it might be good to run that by a tree care services just in case.

  3. Great advice, and great arborists! If you’re in the Indianapolis area these guys will take care of you.

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