With school back in session, autumn is just around the corner. The trees on your property will start to change and their leaves will soon start to fall on the ground. During this time, it’s important to give your trees a little TLC to ensure they make it through the winter and reemerge in good health next spring. That’s why Westcoast Tree Care would like to provide you with the following Whidbey Island tree care tips to care for your trees this fall.
Autumn Whidbey Island Tree Care Tips
During the fall, it’s important to maintain a minimum watering schedule. You’ve already watered enough during the spring and summer months to help strengthen your trees for the upcoming winter season. However, once the trees on your property have lost their leaves, this is the time that you should water both young and mature trees deeply.
Take the time to water along the circle of soil in the outer areas of your trees’ canopies. This is where the roots absorb the most water. Make sure to water until the soil is fully moist. Doing so will ensure your trees have all the moisture they need to survive the upcoming winter months.
Once you’ve watered your trees deeply, it’s important to apply a layer of mulch around the base of your trees. However, you never want to overcrowd the trunk of your trees because this can result in decay. Mulch acts as an insulator, keeping the temperature of the soil warm. It’s also a natural fertilizer that eventually breaks down, packing nutrients into the ground.
Wait To Prune
A lot of people mistakenly prune their trees during the early fall. However, early fall isn’t the ideal time for pruning because it can leave your trees vulnerable to disease and infection due to injuries sustained from pruning. Instead, it’s important to wait to prune until all the leaves have all fallen and temperatures are cold enough to keep disease and insects at bay.
Rake & Remove Fallen Leaves
What many Whidbey Island homeowners don’t know is that raking leaves not only keeps your yard clean, but it protects your trees from infection and disease. Fallen leaves provide the perfect environment for fungi and disease to thrive during the winter and affect your trees when spring arrives. This can lead to unwanted diseases that can harm or kill your trees. By getting rid of fallen leaves, you can ensure your trees remain healthy all year long.
Westcoast Tree Care
The trees on your property deserve the care they need through every season. Need help preparing your trees for the winter season? At Westcoast, we offer preventative Whidbey Island tree care services to ensure healthy, beautiful trees next spring. Our certified arborist has the skills, training, and experience necessary to properly care for your trees all year long.
To schedule a tree care evaluation with a no-cost, no-obligation quote, contact us by filling out our online form or give us a call at 1.800.767.8733 today.