You should always be keeping an eye on your trees but if you need to schedule a specific time to do it, fall is a great time. This is going to ensure your trees are in good shape for the winter and will be able to withstand whatever mother nature has in store. When they wake up in the spring, they will be fresh, healthy, and vibrant. Our team at Five Star Tree Services want to go over some things to check to make sure your trees are prepared for the long winter ahead.
It’s that time of year again, fall; and your tree’s annual health check. This leaves you plenty of time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall leaf colours.
Make sure to ask yourself the following questions during your tree health check.
How Safe is Your Tree for the Winter?
This is where you should be checking for cracks or damage in the limbs, trunk, and canopy of the tree. Make sure there aren’t any branches growing too close to things like rooftops, wires, and eaves troughs.
How to fix:
-For any branches extending towards your house, shorten them so they aren’t coming too close. Make sure the canopy is raised over your roof.
-If you find any cracked, damaged, diseased, or dead branches, prune them off.
-If any limbs have weak unions, install support cables.
Does Your Tree Look Unhealthy or Weak?
This can present as a thin canopy, limited growth, and leaves dropping too early.
How to Repair:
If you have damaged soils causing your tree distress, improving them can greatly help the health of your tree. Here is what to do:
-repair soils with ArborGain & Biochar. This will help with water retention and nutrient availability.
-for better drainage and to allow deeper oxygen access, Soil decompaction and Aeration Tubes are best.
-keep de-icing salts away from the root zones of trees with Salt Buffer
Did You Have a Tree Pest Problem Recently?
Were tree pests an issue which resulted in damage?
How to eliminate pest problems:
-to help support root health and growth, use ArborGain. It will also help improve your trees’ resistance to pests and disease.
-in order to prevent future infestations, use Dormant oil.
How Five Star Tree Services Can Help
To give your tree the best chance at surviving the harsh Canadian winters, our team at Five Star Tree Services always recommends a fall health check. If you want to utilize our Tree Care Services in Toronto, make sure to give us a call at (416) 990-3355 today! We look forward to helping you and your trees!