Fall has officially arrived in Southlake, Frisco, Colleyville and surrounding areas. We have even experienced a little bit of an early winter with a few cold fronts. With that we thought we’d provide some tree care ideas and tips to help you through the fall and in to the winter.
Tree Care Tips
Give you tree a drink: While we’ve had an abnormally wet September and October in the Southlake area, you still need to make sure you are giving your trees plenty of water. Eventually the rain we’ve experienced will top and providing trees the water they need to stay healthy is essential.
Rely on Mulch: Mulch can help you tree retain water, and it can add a visual effect to your landscape. In the event we experience snow or ice, an little mulch will give your trees a little extra protection.
Plant Now: Since fall is a time where trees begin to shed their leaves, many people don’t realize it is also a prime time to plant trees. Once cooler weather as set in, it is a perfect time for the soil to stimulate new root growth. Call us today for a tree installation!
Fall is also a great time to prune trees. Tree trimming is very common this time of year and we’d love to help you trim up overgrown trees or trees that experienced damage from storms.
- Visually Inspect the tree from the top down
- Use The ⅓ and ¼ Rules of Pruning
- Never remove more than ¼ of a tree’s crown in a season
- Main branches should be at least 1/3 smaller than the trunk diameter.
- For broadleaf trees, don’t prune up from the bottom any more than 1/3 of the tree’s total height.
- Try to form 2 o’clock or 10 o’clock angles where possible when trimming trees.
- Remove defective parts before pruning or trimming for form and shape.
- Don’t worry about protecting pruning cuts. For aesthetics, you may feel better painting large wounds but it doesn’t prevent or reduce decay.
- Maintain and clean your tools regularly.
- For high branches use a pole pruner. A major job on a big tree should be done by a professional arborist and tree service.
Our tree service professionals and certified arborits will evaluate your specific trees and property. We will then make a recommendation on trimming your trees in the fall or waiting until a different point in the year.