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Early-Fall Tree Care Tips

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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.

Contact Dudley Tree

Dudley Tree can take care of all your tree needs this Fall! Whether you need help with tree care of tree removal, we can take care of it. Contact us to learn more about our services. Give us a call or fill out our contact form to get in touch!


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Signs It’s Time To Prune Your Trees

Pruning your trees allows them to stay happy and healthy all year long. It can help avoid damage to your home and other structures, as well as eliminate the need for constantly removing diseased or dead trees. Learn the signs of knowing when to prune your backyard trees, so our professionals can take care of it for you.

Broken Branches

When your trees have broken or cracked branches, this is a threat to people in your yard or your home. Depending on the size of these branches, they can do a lot of harm. Make sure these are taken care of as soon as possible. If there is a heavy storm, these branches will be the first things to fall. They also do not look great on your trees. 

Deep Cracks

Deep cracks in your trees are caused by the temperature fluctuating. This isn’t something to worry about in the summer, but during the winter, when water gets into the cracks and freezes overnight, the issue becomes larger. 

Excessive Greenery

If you are having a hard time seeing through your trees, this is a big sign of needing to prune and trim. When branches are severely dense, this is likely to cause damage from wind and storms. You may like the look of the greenery and foliage, but in the long run, this can cause harm.

Tree Cankers

When a spot of your tree’s bark is sunken in or missing, this can signal disease or decay. Cankers can be created by a fungus, insects, chemicals, or environmental conditions. Young fruit trees have a tricky time recovering from cankers. Even stabilized shade trees can be weakened by cankers, making them more sensitive to wind damage. To prevent the rotting from getting worse, you should try to remove as much of it as possible. The tree should only be pruned during times of the year when the weather is dry.

Untamed Growth

When trees are not pruned regularly, they can grow in ways that are not fit for your yard. A misshapen tree does not distribute its weight properly, which can cause branches to break and damage your property. This is especially important for young or newly planted trees, which need more guidance to grow in the right direction. When it comes to untamed growth, opt for getting your trees trimmed by a professional. Dudley’s can be there for you. This is a hard job to do, so trying it yourself is not the best option

Contact Us For Pruning Services

Dudley Tree is happy to provide residents of southern New Hampshire and the north shore of Massachusetts with a variety of tree services that include trimming and pruning. Contact us to learn more. Give us a call or fill out our contact form.


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