Here in Georgia, our properties take a beating throughout the summer. Excessive heat and drought conditions can dry out virtually everything growing in our yards. Most home and business owners take extra precaution in the fall to repair summertime damage on their lawns. However, many overlook a vital component in a healthy property: tree and shrub care.
Trees and shrubs are more than just ornamental landscapes that beautify our yards. These large plantings improve the air quality in our environment, provide much-needed shade from the intense Georgia heat, and serve as a natural habitat for a multitude of indigenous animals in our region. Trees and shrubs can even boost the curb appeal of our exterior layout, increasing the overall value of our homes.
Despite the many benefits trees and shrubs deliver, their care and maintenance may often get overlooked as we transition into the fall season. Unfortunately, neglecting these plants can have serious consequences. After a long, dry summer, the immune systems of our trees and shrubs may have been compromised, leaving them susceptible to a wide range of diseases and pest infestation. Additionally, many landscape plants in Georgia have been imported from other countries over the last century and a half. While these species have successfully taken root here in our soil, they still may require a little extra care and attention after a long, harsh summer to keep them hardy and robust.
Yes, we often see an upswing in precipitation in Georgia throughout the fall. However, it’s often not enough to counteract all the heat and drought damage incurred throughout the summer. Getting your landscapes on a regular irrigation schedule throughout the season can play a crucial role in keeping them healthy.
Fall mulching can also help keep these large plantings strong during the cooler weather. Spread mulch around the base of the plants, being careful not to pile the mulch up too high, which can cause an increase in disease and insect threat.
Many people assume that fertilization and weeding can stop once summer is over. However, fall fertilization and weeding can ensure your landscapes are well fed and free from unwanted growth that can suffocate the root system with disastrous results.
Summer is a season of increased growth for your trees and shrubs; however, too much growth can lead to cracked and broken branches. Carefully examine your trees and shrubs for compromised limbs to determine if they need to be cut from the plant. Now is also an excellent time to prune unwieldy limbs to not only keep the plants healthy but also ensure your perimeter trees and shrubs don’t damage your home.
Need help getting your trees and shrubs fall ready? Contact us today to consult with our technicians about our full suite of landscape services and solutions.