Around this time of year in Georgia, the trees all across the state and in your yard will be changing colors. But trees in our yards are not as well protected as those in our forests. If you want your trees to live on for generations to come then you need to put at least a little bit of effort into caring for them. After all, they provide you with clean air, shade from the harsh Georgia sun, and provide shelter for wildlife. Here’s a list of tips to help you with your fall tree care.
Time to Prune
The best time to prune is in the fall after your tree has gone dormant. That way you can see all the branches without the leaves obstructing your view and trees actually heal faster when they are dormant. Pruning branches will send the unused nutrients to other parts of the tree. Here are some tips on what to prune.
Mulch Around Your Trees and Ornamentals
Adding mulch in the fall not only protects tree and shrub roots from harsh temperatures, but it also retains moisture and blocks weeds. You don’t have to look far for good mulch because fall leaves work perfectly and they break down fast, giving nutrients back to your tree.
There are many different kinds of tree fertilizer out there. The surface fertilizers work great for new or young trees with shallow root systems. But if you want to give your fifteen-year-old silver maple a boost, you’re going to need to use something else. That is where deep root fertilization comes in. Deep root fertilization is a technique that uses a machine to inject fertilizer deep into the root system of your trees using high pressure. Deep root fertilization should only be done by professionals.
Also known as horticultural oil, this sticky substance is used to control overwintering pests on your beloved trees. Pests like the emerald ash borer and tree scale are very destructive to trees. Most pests don’t harm your tree but in large numbers, they can defoliate your tree causing it to stunt or making it vulnerable to tree diseases. Apply dormant oil in the fall after trees go dormant and insects are no longer active. The oil will smother adults and eggs and prevent them from hatching in the spring. Dormant oil can kill a variety of harmful insects including:
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