Autumn is the time of year when trees become the uncontested star of the landscape. A new focus is given to our gardens. A healthy tree will explode into rich colour, displaying their unique character.
As foliage begins to disappear from deciduous trees in the late fall, the super-structure of trees are displayed. This celebration of colour and form is maximized in healthy, well-maintained gardens.
To prepare for dormancy, we run woody plants through a checklist of beneficial treatments and strategic protection. This will protect plant life during the winter and bolster plant heath for their awakening next spring.
Here’s how you can make sure your trees stay healthy during their long winter’s nap:
- Take care of your soils.
- Prepare your garden beds by de-compacting your soils and adding nutrients.
- Give your trees a feeding of fall fertilizer and Arborgain. This is a special blend that targets root growth instead of canopy growth.
- Protect your soils from winter de-icing salts with a salt buffer application.
- Give your landscape a tune-up.
- Remove dead or undesirable trees
- Prune your existing trees to highlight their form and character and to eliminate weak, dead or diseased branches.
- Keep your evergreens green with an anti-desiccant application to protect their foliage from winter drying.
- Plant a new tree into your garden. Fall planting ensures maximum growing potential for the following spring and summer.
- Take advantage of the dormant season
- Pruning Apple trees and Crabapple trees is best done in winter.
- Prune your Elm trees during dormancy to prevent the spread of Dutch Elm Disease. If you have an elm, fall is the time to give it a trim!