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How to Help Your Trees Thrive in the Fall

 

Caring for dead trees in the winter

Fall Thrive Program

By Bradley Boobar

Have you heard about our Fannin Thrive Tree Care Program?

In the Fall, trees slow down to prepare for the dormant season. Plant resources are being reallocated to other areas in the plant to optimize storage and restoration. This is a very good time of year to have your trees assessed by a professional arborist. Plants have the most optimal growth between the temperatures of 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. During the fall, the moisture puts out the highest percentage of root growth. Typically, when the air temperatures are cooler than the soil, root growth is amplified more than new top growth. Increasing the root growth in the Fall also prepares the tree for future Spring growth.

We have a comprehensive program that we call the Fannin Thrive Program. Our Fall services include an assessment by a trained arborist and prescription fertilization services. In addition to fertilization, the arborist will assess each of your trees, provide pest and disease applications that can arise in the Fall and make recommendations for pruning, plant health maintenance, and other services.

If you are looking to improve your tree’s performance, or need help diagnosing a plant problem, the arborist at Fannin Tree Farm are the professionals you can trust. Our team is led by our Board-Certified Master Arborist and each one participates in continuing education programs to stay sharp in our profession.

Our fertilization and treatment services have proven to be effective in peer-reviewed research; all tree services provided by Fannin Tree Farm are in accordance to the ANSI A300 standards for arboriculture operations.

Fall & Winter Tree Planting Checklist

Fall/Winter Checklist

As the autumn approaches, be sure to take full advantage of the season. It is widely spoken that fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs. Here are some a few things to consider, why, when and where to plant trees.

fall tree planting

1st: Planting trees in the fall

  • Planting trees in the fall is the best time of the year for plant growth, because of the cooler temperatures and most deciduous trees are dormant allowing less stress and damage to the tree.

2nd: Planting Deciduous Trees

  • Many deciduous trees provide beautiful foliage, and if planted in the correct spot, they can help reduce your energy bill. Consider planting a deciduous tree like a Red Oak, Cedar Elm, Bur Oak, or Lacebark Elm on the northwest side of your home. This will cool your home in the summer and allow sunlight in to heat your home in the winter.

3rd: Planting trees along the North and South side

  • If you are looking to plant a screen for vegetable gardens or protection from harsh winter winds, consider planting a row of trees, like Eastern Red Cedars, Magnolias, or other full to the ground growth type trees to protect from the cold northern winds.
  • Planting tree rows along the south side of your property will provide a good wind break as they mature.

4th: Do not plant large stature shade trees close to foundation.

  • Most large stature trees, like Red Oaks, Live Oaks, Magnolias, Cedar Elms, and Bald Cypress, need room to grow. Their roots grow outward to stabilize them as they mature. They require water and can reduce moisture near the foundation. It is important to not plant a tree within 25-ft of a foundation. These large tree species can have roots that grow out 3-5 times the width of their canopy.

5th: Do not plant large shade trees beneath utility lines.

  • Selecting the right tree for the right location is very important. Never plant a large stature tree beneath a power line, or within a 25-35 ft of an overhead wire. As these trees mature, they will grow into the utility lines and require invasive pruning. According to International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the correct way landscape under utility lines is to plant large shrubs or smaller canopy trees that would not exceed the height under the lines.

6th: Never forget to water during the Fall and Winter months

  • It is a common misconception that there is no need for watering in the Fall/Winter months. However, trees require water always throughout the year; we recommend to water as needed to keep the soil moisture at an adequate level during the colder months.
  • To adequately prepare for freezing temperatures in the Fall and Winter, make sure to water the trees an adequate amount the day/night before a freeze to maintain the soil temperature and decrease the chance of plant decline.

If you have any questions about your trees, feel free to contact the professionals at Fannin Tree Farm. Our number is 972-747-9233, and we have a team of arborist ready to serve.

Author Bio: Bradley Boobar has been in the plant science industry since 2011. He is originally from Mount Pleasant, TX. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and Plant Science from Texas A&M University – Commerce and plans to continue his graduate education in the future.

Fall Tree Planting

The Fall is a beautiful time of the year; the temperature starts to go down and provides gorgeous fall color in plants. The Fall is known to be the best season to plant trees due to the cooler temperatures, dormancy approaching on deciduous trees lessening plant stress, and the adequate soil temperatures needed for optimum plant growth.

fall tree planting

The Fall also brings more rain and soil moisture creating an increased amount of root growth and development due to transpiration being low it allows more optimal root generation. The temperatures are moderate to cool and are more comfortable on the plants allowing less of a chance for the trees to be stressed by extreme summer heat. Planting in the earlier part of the Fall also provides for the most optimum plant growth before cooler winter temperatures arrive. We recommend planting a deciduous shade tree in the northwest corner of your property to give more shade and reduce heat from the afternoon sun. This will also help heat your home in the winter months.

Finally, always consult with a tree specialist to provide you with the best options for planting a tree for your property and area. We have a full staff of professionals that can provide the proper and necessary possibilities for planting such as species, size, aesthetics, and area of planting on your property.

If you have any questions about your trees, feel free to contact the professionals at Fannin Tree Farm. Our number is 972-747-9233, and we have a team of Arborists ready to serve.

Author Bio: Bradley Boobar has been in the plant science industry since 2011. He is originally from Mount Pleasant, TX. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and Plant Science from Texas A&M University – Commerce and plans to continue his graduate education in the future.