Trees as an important investment

It’s finally fall, the season for cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes. Autumn is also synonymous with the changing color of the trees, and people often travel to witness the magnificent color changes, generating billions in economic activity for fall tourism. During this time, it is important that you are taking care of your trees. Trees are often taken for granted and neglected since they often live for so long and seem to regenerate themselves quickly. However, you may not even realize that your trees could be in danger.

Fall is the time to water your trees before winter sets in, according to arborists. Arborist Brian Bannavong explains that younger trees need more water than older trees so that they don’t die in the winter. Since it was such a dry summer in many areas, homeowners will need to water their trees before the cold sets in. Effectively, water helps create a type of antifreeze in trees that protects them during the wintertime by helping trees heal themselves.

Forester Gabbi Edwards explains that the dry summer may affect the colors of the trees this year: “Dry weather and drought will often cause trees to lose their leaves before color starts to show. The fall foliage colors will display for a shorter time, instead of peak viewing time lasting three weeks some places might only display colors for one week. The fall foliage colors will also be less brilliant than normal with colors appearing muted and dull.”

To help the trees survive the winter, apply a layer of mulch around the base of the tree, leave a gap between the mulch, and the tree trunk and use wood chips or fallen leaves to mulch.

Fungi and other threats, such as oak wilt, the emerald ash borer, and invasive plants, are also dangerous hazards for young trees because they can be a sign of disease or decay. If a tree rots, it could be at risk during an ice storm or other cold weather.

Homeowners also need to consider the health of the tree before pruning tree branches back. Arborist Joe Cochran recommends pruning trees in late winter or early spring so that they have “time to heal over the wound you’re going to create.”

Furthermore, taking trees for granted or neglecting them can be an expensive proposition. Think about how much money homeowners spend on grass, which can be replaced in a matter of weeks. Trees, on the other hand, are quite a bit older than most grass. Just because a tree is old doesn’t mean it doesn’t need care, especially urban trees and younger trees. As the arborists at Hamlin Tree Care explain, trees are an important investment because a poorly maintained landscape can lessen your property or business value.

Arborist Andrew Gollnick explains that younger trees are often overlooked, and it’s important to maintain fast-growing trees such as willows, maples and hybrid elms. In contrast, evergreens and oaks require less maintenance. However, all trees need to be pruned every three to five years, according to Gollnick, which helps beautify the tree and make it more wind-resistant. Furthermore, pruning can help optimize a tree’s shape.

Overall, it is important to care for trees in the fall so that they are able to live a full, healthy life.

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