Caring for your trees each season is just as important as home maintenance and landscaping. As temperatures get colder, the ISA-certified arborist at Westcoast Tree Care would like to provide you with the following fall tree care tips in Spokane Washington.
When trees don’t receive enough water during the hot summer months (drought conditions), it’s essential to give them some before winter arrives. It’s also important to fertilize your trees to provide them with necessary nutrients during the dormant season. That’s why it’s essential to look into the best practices for fertilizing and caring for your trees if you want them to remain healthy.
Rake Fallen Leaves
Disease-causing fungi thrive in the fallen leaves of a tree during the winter months. When the weather warms back up, and it starts to rain in the spring, this awakens fungi spores, allowing them to infect the trees on your property. That’s why it’s important to rake any fallen leaves during the fall and remove them to prevent any chances of your trees contracting a disease.
Mulch protects your trees during the cold winter months. As a natural blanket, mulch not only helps a tree retain water but keeps it warm during freezing temperatures. This is especially important to young trees. However, it’s important to leave at least six inches of space between the mulch you apply and the base of a tree to prevent fungi from growing.
Injury prevention applies to a tree itself and the people and property around it. The best way to prevent injuries of any kind is to prune any dead or damaged branches. If you don’t, ice and snow can build up, weighting branches down, causing them to break unexpectedly. This results in hundreds of fatalities each year. Pruning during the fall also allows a certified arborist to view a tree’s entire branch structure without any excessive foliage in the way. Done correctly, fall pruning will help a tree thrive during the spring while keeping your home and property safe.
Dead tree removal is essential to maintain the health and safety of your home and property. The certified arborist at Westcoast Tree Care can help you assess whether a tree is dead or sick. If a tree is dead, it can become a host to dangerous pests and diseases that can spread to nearby trees. Dead trees are also structurally unstable, meaning they can fall at any time, causing harm or damage to people and property below.
Fall Tree Care in Spokane Washington
Most of these tree care tips revolve around preparing for winter, which is a difficult time for trees. That’s why it’s essential to do the things listed above before the freezing months arrive. If you don’t have the time, tools, or expertise to get the job done, contact the ISA-certified arborist at Westcoast Tree Care so we can keep your trees on the right track. Fill out our online form or give us a call at 1.800.767.8733 for a no-cost, no-obligation quote.