Fall here in Louisiana is the perfect time for tree care. As the temperatures drop, our trees will go dormant. During this dormant time, energy is sent to the root systems where they will grow and strengthen for the winter ahead. Here are a few fall tree care tips to help your trees prepare for winter.
A lot of people don’t consider the water needs of their trees. Though our trees may seem big and sturdy, they still need regular care to ensure they’re around for a good long time. Fall hydration is important for our trees, especially young or new trees.
When trees go dormant, they lose their leaves and focus all of their resources down to their root system. In order to encourage strong root growth and nutrient absorption, make sure your trees get one inch of water every week. If there isn’t enough rain throughout the week, supplement this with some manual watering.
During the dormant months of fall, our trees enter a state of high-absorption. Trees try to absorb as much water and nutrients as they can get their roots on. You can help your trees by providing them with a fall tree fertilizer. This will give your trees a healthy boost so they can strengthen themselves before the cooler months of winter.
Investing in a yearly tree care program from TruGreen will ensure your trees get exactly what they need, when they need it. Providing your trees with nutrients now will make tree care throughout the year much easier.
As the temperatures continue to drop, tree pests begin looking for a place to overwinter. Scale, spider mites, and aphids love to find a cozy place on the bark of your trees to hole up for the fall and winter. When springtime rolls around, these tree-damaging pests wake up hungry. Before long, you’ll have an infestation on your hands. You can prevent this with well-timed dormant oil applications.
Dormant oil, or horticultural oil, is a spray that is applied to dormant trees in the fall and at the beginning of spring. The spray coats any pests that are overwintering on your tree, cutting off their supply of oxygen and eliminating them before they wake up.
The final step in fall tree care here in Louisiana is deep root fertilization. Deep root fertilization, or deep root feeding, is a high-pressure injection of a mixture of insecticide, water, and fertilizer directly into your tree’s root zone. This concentrated method of fertilization sends everything the tree needs directly to the roots. No competition with other plants, no run-off, just pure nutrients sent right where they’re needed. There aren’t many tree care services more beneficial to your trees than deep root fertilization. The care you give your trees in the fall will make spring and summer tree care that much easier.
Caring for your trees and shrubs is a year-round job. For the best results, leave it to the experts. Here at TruGreen, our yearly tree and shrub care program will ensure your trees and shrubs healthy and thriving all year long.
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