Now that the hot summer is fading away and the first front has rolled in, it truly feels like we’re coming into Fall. The trees in our yard will begin to turn their fiery colors and give us something beautiful to look at for a little while. So, dust off those outdoor living spaces and get ready to enjoy some gorgeous scenery!
The bearable temperatures are even more reason why now is a great time to get outside for some yard work: specifically, tree maintenance. Homeowners should give their trees some attention now to prepare them for the coming winter and ensure they come back lush and healthy in the spring.
Why Invest in Your Trees?
Trees offer a multitude of benefits to your property, making them investments worth nurturing and protecting.
- Increased Property Value: Healthy, well-maintained trees can significantly boost not only your home’s curb appeal, but also its value. Trees provide shade, beauty, and privacy that potential buyers often seek.
- Energy Savings: Strategically placed trees can shade your home, helping to relieve it from some of the high temperatures. They may even help lower your energy bill!
- Improved Air Quality: Trees act as natural air purifiers by absorbing pollutants and releasing oxygen. They contribute to a cleaner, fresher atmosphere around your home.
- Wildlife Habitat: Trees support local wildlife by offering shelter and a source of food. Birdwatching and the presence of wildlife can make your property more enjoyable.
- Privacy and Aesthetics: Trees can create natural barriers, providing privacy from neighbors and passers-by. They also offer a beautiful backdrop for your landscaping.
Fall Tree Care Tips
Follow these tips to ensure the health and vitality of your trees:
- Fertilization: Fall is the perfect time to fertilize your trees. Trees are preparing for winter dormancy by actively absorbing nutrients from the soil. Give them a boost with a fertilizer.
- Plant a New Tree: Now is the time to plant a new tree. The soil is cooler and wetter, and new trees need time to establish their roots before having to withstand summer heat and dryness. Consult the Texas A&M Forest Service’s Texas Tree Planting Guide for everything you need to know about planting a tree, including choosing the right kind and location.
- Before you dig: Call 8-1-1. Homeowners are required by law to call 811, the national “Call Before You Dig” phone number, (with at least 2 and no more than 14 business days advance notice) to request the approximate location of underground utilities be marked. The process can also be started online through the Texas 811 Homeowner Portal. If a homeowner were to dig without calling and accidentally hit a buried utility line, they could be charged for replacement of the damage. Proper planning, selection, and placement is truly so important! Planting a tree should not be a rushed project. Allow time for due diligence and avoid a potentially costly mistake of the wrong tree in the wrong place.
- Leaf Management: Collect and dispose of fallen leaves, especially if they carry diseases. You can compost healthy leaves or use them as mulch.
- Consult an Arborist: For larger or more complex tree care needs, it’s advisable to consult a certified arborist. They can provide professional guidance and perform necessary treatments.
Local Business Can Help
Here are a few of our area’s local plant nurseries and garden centers that can help with your tree and yard care projects this fall.
Your trees are not only beautiful additions to your property, but also valuable contributors to your home’s value, energy efficiency, and appeal. As autumn arrives, invest in proper tree care to maintain their health and maximize the benefits they bring. With a little attention and care, your trees will continue to flourish and enhance your property for years to come.