Fall is the perfect time to get your trees ready for the spring! A little bit of maintenance and some new planting can set you up for a gorgeous, healthy tree in the seasons to come. Plus after you’ve raked up the leaves there’s the chance to flop in the pile! Here are some steps to take to ensure your tree has the best chance for the fall and winter months.

“Mulch helps regulate the temperature of the ground.”

More Mulch! – Mulch is one of the best things for trees in a residential area. Mulch helps regulate the temperature of the ground. It also keeps in any moisture and helps protect the roots from the cold.

Water When You Can – Trees will retain any water, during the fall, to use during the winter. It’s essential to water your trees when it’s a little cool out, instead of when it’s frozen. This helps the tree especially after winter when the ground is still frozen.

“Trees will retain any water, during the fall, to use during the winter.”

“Pruning trees in the fall is ideal … branches will be exposed while the trees will be dormant.”

Prune the Proper Trees – Pruning trees in the fall is ideal since all of the branches will be exposed while the trees will be dormant. Not every tree is created equal, however. Do research and verify your tree can be pruned in colder weather.

Keeping it Safe – Trimming away dead, diseased, or damaged limbs will not only help the tree thrive in the spring, but it’ll be a safety measure for heavy winter storms. Snow and ice will weigh down the tree. If limbs are weak there’s a chance they’ll snap off and cause damage to a house, power lines, and more.

“Trimming away dead, diseased, or damaged limbs will not only help the tree thrive in the spring, but it’ll be a safety measure for heavy winter storms.”

“New trees planted in the fall will thrive because of the cooler weather.”

Get Planting! – New trees planted in the fall will thrive because of the cooler weather. With the help of some mulch and fertilizer, the roots will grow and establish themselves deep in the ground.