Fall is here in Virginia and that means it’s time to bust out the rake and get to work raking those leaves. But raking is not the only fall chore that you need to take care of. Your trees need some attention too. Proper fall tree care involves protecting young trees, pest control, and preparing them for the winter months ahead.
Tree wraps are used to protect young and vulnerable trees from sudden freezing and thawing that can occur over the winter. These changes in temperature cause a condition called sunscald. Sunscald is an elongated area of dead bark found on the south or southwest side of tree trunks and branches.
Mulch not only makes your trees look better and prevent weeds, but they can also protect your tree’s roots from harsh temperatures. You can make your own mulch by using the leaves that you rake up in the fall. Leaves retain a lot of moisture and eventually break down and create new soil.
Fall is Time to Prune
The best time to prune your trees and shrubs is during the fall and winter months while the plant is dormant.
This is ideal for two reasons:
- Pests and diseases are not as active
- It’s easier to see what you are doing when all the leaves are gone.
- Less likely to hurt or damage the tree
What Is Deep Root Feeding?
Fertilizing your trees is an essential part of fall tree care. This is the time when your trees will be storing nutrients before they go dormant for the winter. In the spring, they use nutrients to help promote leaf growth. But the problem with traditional fertilizers is that most of it is wasted through runoff or is siphoned off by other plants before it reaches the roots. To get around these problems, arborists invented deep root feeding. Deep root fertilization is a high-tech way of delivering fertilizer directly into the roots of your trees. Deep root fertilization can make your tree more resilient to drought, pests, and disease.
Pests are one of the biggest enemies of your trees and shrubs. It’s true that most trees can handle some insect activity. It’s when those populations turn into an infestation when problems can arise. Common tree damaging insects such as aphids, sawflies, tree scale, mites, and the new spotted lanternfly are a particular threat to your ornamentals. A great way to protect your trees from overwintering pests is by using dormant oil. Dormant oil, or horticultural oil, is a substance that is applied to the bark of trees to kill overwintering insects and their eggs.
Plant New Trees Now
Believe it or not, fall is the best time to plant new trees. This is because cooler temperatures help encourage new root growth and there’s less of a chance of damage from drought or sun scorch. Planting trees in the fall gives your tree time to grow deep roots before it goes dormant in the winter. When spring arrives your new tree will already have an established root system and have no problem greening up.
Get Professional Tree Care From NuLeaf
At NuLeaf we have years of experience dealing with Virginia trees and the pests that harm them. Our tree and shrub care program will improve the health and look of your trees and get them prepared for winter. Call us today at 703-989-9405 or contact us on our site. Don’t forget to check out our blog for more helpful tips on lawn care.