Cooler temperatures of fall are the start of it. Winter Storms, ice and a constant fluctuating temperatures develop and occur during the late fall season and early winter months; all the while trees, are steadily and aggressively absorbing energy, nutrients, and moisture for the duration of winter.
Winter weather can take its toll on all North American trees, even species indigenous to harsher and colder regions. The torment that trees can suffer in the winter is even more so isolated and exposed in residential trees. However, things can be started this late fall season that will help to maximize strong root systems, and help in the defense of tree pests and diseases. If action is taken now, even just a small amount, you will ensure the winter root system development to result a healthy tree this coming spring.
Continue to mow and water your lawn at a needed pace. During the waning fall months of the season take the blade of your mower to its lowest setting and mow one to two more times for the year. Taking the mower blade to the lowest setting will cut grass just high enough, to allow for the maximum sunlight to be absorbed into the trees roots.
Raking leaves is by far not a person’s favorite fall activity, but it is important to do so in order to allow for the absorption of nutrients, water, and sunlight by the tree’s roots. Allowing the leaves to remain covering the lawn around the tree’s roots will suffocate and dispel all traces of water, sun and nutrients to which the tree so desperately needs throughout the winter months. An alternative to the tedious tasks of raking is to use a mower with a bag or vacuum system. This method will allow a bit more ease if you are trying to tackle many trees, but the fact remains, if you want a green lush landscape in the spring time, get those leaves up and off the ground.
With the sun being absorbed into the ground another method to consider for you fall tree treatment is to aerate your lawn, especially around tree root systems, and to feed your tree a leveled amount of fertilizer. Fertilizing and aerating your tree, in late fall, will allow the nutrients, water, and oxygen to reach the roots of the tree; while ensuring your tree is gaining the nutrients needed to develop a strong root system. Fertilizing a tree in the late fall helps to build and fortify the roots system; giving the tree an ample amount of sustenance for the winter time and aids the tree in building up defenses against tree pests and diseases. Yet over fertilizing a tree can be detrimental to the trees health, so you should contact a Certified Arborist in your area; or call your Tree Medics Certified Arborist at 813-407-9974 , located in Tampa, to have soil samples taken from your tree’s root zone. These soil samples are then tested for nutritional deficiencies, in our labs, and your Tree Medics Certified Arborist will provide you with a custom fertilizer blend made specifically for your tree.