Trees are an important part of any yard or landscape. They provide shade, beauty, value, and a home to wildlife. That’s why as the gardening season come to an end, there are a few things you can do to protect your important trees.
The most critical aspect of tree health is maintaining proper soil moisture, especially for larger trees, evergreens, shrubs, and perennials. Soil moisture is the key determinant in tree health and longevity over the winter months.
Protect your younger trees that are three inches in diameter or less with trunk protectors, as well as deer repellant for trees that are susceptible to “deer browse” or “buck rubbing.” Also, you can utilize nylon netting for smaller trees.
While the weather gets colder, you should continue to water your newer trees and shrubs. You really only need to stop watering once the weather is consistently cold. This is also the best time to transplant trees and shrubs, along with any perennials that need to be moved.
Lastly, give your trees a good feeding late in the fall. Think of it as a late snack before a long winter nap.