Tree Tips & Tricks for Fall
Tips and Tricks for Fall
You may see the leaves of deciduous trees begin to change color in the next few weeks. This color change isn’t necessarily a sign of autumn! Fall colors can also results from heat, drought, or general tree stress.
- Be proactive about winter storms! Every fall, there’s a mad dash to get trees ready for winter storms. Don’t get caught off guard for winter! Fall is a great time to get your trees in tip-top shape for the coming snow and ice storms. Call earlier rather than later so that we can get your trees taken care of before winter!
Treatments/Plant Health Care
Summertime heat can make certain tree treatments less effective, or limit the hours during which trees can be treated. As the weather cools down, we will once again be in treatment season! Treating your trees before winter sets in can help them recover better from any fungus issues, insect infestations, and other diseases or problems. Let us know if your trees are dropping leaves early or looking sickly! We are here to help your trees look their best. Check out the time lapse video to the right of a growth regulator treatment. Growth regulator helps improve the health of trees by regulating new growth of the tree. Treated trees have less resource demand, higher stress and drought tolerance, and better damage response.
At the end of summer, what do you do with all the water in your swimming pool? Many people drain the pool right into the yard, but chlorinated water can chemically scorch, suffocate, and kill trees or landscape. Some estimates place a safe chlorine concentration for trees at only 0.5 parts per million! Especially sensitive trees include ash, box elder, crabapple, dogwood, horse chestnut, maples, mulberry, pin oak, sweet gum, and yellowwood.
To protect your trees from chlorine, you can:
- Stop treating your pool a week or more before draining it (this allows the chlorine to dissipate).
- Test the pH of the pool water before draining it! The pH should be between 7 and 8.
- Drain the pool slowly!
- Conserve water! You can scoop buckets of pool water and leave them in the sun for the chlorine to dissipate, and then use it to water plants in other parts of the landscape. Always test this method on a few inexpensive and replaceable plants before watering trees! Pool water should be considered greywater, not freshwater, and used cautiously.