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Autumn Tree Care

Autumn is a critical time for tree care, as it marks the transition from the growing season to dormancy. Proper care during this season helps ensure the health and longevity of your trees. Here are some important tasks to consider for autumn tree care:

Leaf Removal: As the leaves start to fall, it’s essential to regularly remove them from your lawn and around the base of your trees. Thick layers of leaves can inhibit sunlight and air from reaching the grass and tree roots, potentially causing issues.

Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of your trees to help retain moisture and regulate soil temperature. Mulch also provides a barrier against weed growth and protects the tree’s roots.

Fertilisation: If your trees have shown signs of nutrient deficiency or are growing in poor soil, consider fertilising them in the fall. Choose a slow-release, balanced fertiliser suitable for trees and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Pruning: Autumn is a good time for tree pruning as the tree’s growth is slowing down. Remove dead or diseased branches and any limbs that may pose a hazard during winter storms. Pruning should be done with care to avoid excessive stress on the tree. Remember to check with your local authority if you require permission for undertaking work on your tree. You may need to submit a planning application if you live in a conservation area, or your tree is subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).

Watering: Continue to water your trees as needed during the autumn months. Newly planted trees and those in drier regions may require supplemental watering, especially if there is a lack of rainfall.

Pest and Disease Inspection: Inspect your trees for signs of pests and diseases. Autumn is a suitable time to identify and address any issues before they worsen over the winter.

Protection from Wildlife: In some areas of the UK, wildlife, such as deer, can pose a threat to trees by rubbing their antlers against them. Consider protecting vulnerable trees with fencing or tree guards.

Stake Inspection: Check the stakes and ties on newly planted trees to ensure they are still providing proper support without constricting the tree’s growth.

Lawn Care: If you have trees in your lawn, take care when aerating or using heavy machinery around them to avoid damaging their roots.

Consult an Arborist: If you are uncertain about any aspect of tree care or if your trees have specific issues, it’s a good idea to consult with a certified arborist. They can provide expert advice and services to keep your trees healthy. They can also assist with any planning applications if you live in a conservation area, or your tree is subject to a TPO.

Remember that the specific care needed for your trees can vary depending on their species, age, and location. Paying attention to these tasks during the autumn months will help your trees prepare for winter and thrive when spring arrives.