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Everything To Know About Fall Foliage

Trees are some of the biggest mysteries to the average person. One of the most defining moments of changing seasons from Summer to Fall is leaf color change in New England. Why does New England get to experience foliage, and how do these leaves end up changing from green to many different other colors each year? Why do some trees not change colors?

How Does The Color Change Happen?

During the spring and summer months, chlorophyll hides any other pigment that is on the leaves. So, the colors are there but are covered by the green. When fall comes around, trees will break down the green pigment, as well as the nutrients. The nutrients are stored back into the trunk of the tree for when spring comes around again. After these nutrients leave the leaves, their fall colors will show! Some leaves end up turning completely brown, which means all of the nutrients are gone.

Hardwood Trees

Hardwood trees are the ones famous for their color-changing leaves. These trees are primarily found in New England and the Midwest. Many scientists believe that the colors the leaves take serve as a “sunscreen” to the tree, filtering out light. Although situated outdoors, trees can only take so much sun without any consequences. Like humans, leaves can be sunburnt and become damaged. 

Rain Affects Leaf Color

The amount of rain that falls during the year will determine how well leaf colors appear to change during autumn. When it’s a warm and wet fall, there will be a lower intensity of lead colors. A harsh frost will kill the leaves and turn them brown, causing them to fall off the trees early. The best leaf colors appear when it’s a warm and wet spring or when the summer isn’t too dry.

Why Do Leaves Fall Off Their Trees?

The roots, branches, and trunks of trees can withhold the freezing fall and winter weather but leaves as lucky. As the sun sets early and rises later, the veins that hold the leaves to the branches begin to close, and the separation layer forms at the base of the stem. This causes the leaf to fall. 

Why Don’t Evergreen Trees Change Colors?

Evergreen trees are forever-green, meaning they don’t change during the fall. Evergreen trees have needles that are coated in wax, and the fluids inside don’t allow them to freeze. These trees can go years without having fallen needles and leaves, and when that happens, they grow new ones.

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Fallen Tree in Yard

Early-Fall Tree Care Tips

Preparing trees for the winter should be happening in early Fall. They will also end up thriving next Spring! Preventative maintenance and good practices in the fall boost trees’ health and well-being during the winter and creates a promising environment to promote healthy trees in the Spring. Keep your trees happy and healthy all year-round! Here are some things to know about getting your trees ready for Fall.

Look for pruning issues

After the leaves are on the ground is the time to plan for pruning your trees. You can see the branches better after the leaves have fallen. Try to remove an dead or dying branches so that you create a healthy tree. These are not essential to the tree anymore.

Feeding Your Trees

Tree roots tend to grow more in the Fall. The system of roots stores energy for the tree to use later on. They use a lot of this energy in the spring when they start to flower and produce leaves once again. New growth in the spring can happen when the soil sustains nutrient levels and helping the production of roots in the tree. Supplemental feeding is very beneficial to younger and newly planted trees. However, not all trees need or demand fertilization. 

Complete cultural practices

Giving tree roots some added protection during the winter can help a lot. Consider remulching around your trees. This also helps with the moisture levels in the soil over the winter when the air is dry. Having 2-3 inches of composted mulch on top of where the roots are gives excellent protection. You may also want to add protective wraps on trees with thin bark or your recently planted trees. 

Water Consumption

The dry air and lack of rain can occur during the fall and early winter. This can take a toll on trees. Provide some irrigation to the roots to help them through this time of year. You should only water when temperatures are above 40-degree water around middle of the day so the roots have time to soak it in. Applying around 5 gallons of water per inch of the tree’s diameter will be enough when there is a lack of rain as winter approaches.

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