Seasonal Tree Care Tips: Preparing Trees for Fall and Winter
Fall is a great time to be prepare your trees for the winter weather ahead. With leaves falling from trees, branch structure and defects are easier to see, so it’s a great time of year to have your trees inspected by an ISA Certified Arborist. Branches may need to be pruned, cabled or braced to help prevent storm damage. Fall is also a great time of year to mulch and fertilize. Mulch helps to insulate the soil and retain moisture, but too much mulch can be harmful. Generally, a 3” deep ring of mulch in a 4’ circle around your tree is sufficient, but don’t pile mulch against the tree trunk. Fertilizer should never be applied without first obtaining a soil test to check for nutrient deficiencies.
Visit these sites to learn more about preparing your trees for winter:
Please check back for more seasonal tree care and maintenance advice!
Additional Tree Care Resources:
|National Arbor Day Foundation||The Morton Arboretum|
|Oregon Department of Forestry||Tree Care Info|
|ISA Find an Arborist||Oregon Community Trees|
|Oregon Department of Forestry||Alliance for Community Trees|
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