7 Tree Maintenance Tips for Fall

Angi Staff
Written by Angi Staff
Updated June 15, 2020
A new tree in the ground
Photo: Mike LaFollette

Learn about ways you can care for your trees during the fall season

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Deciduous trees are already changing colors in preparation for the loss of their leaves. The arrival of fall is a good time to prepare trees for their dormant period.

Beware, the National Arbor Day Foundation does not recommend pruning trees in the fall because disease spores are released during this time of year and may settle into the wounds. However, since trees benefit the planet—and your home and yard—there are some things you can do to take care of them in the fall to keep them healthy.

1. Remove dead and fallen trees. The decay can invite insects and disease, affecting nearby healthy trees and possibly your home.

2. Remove hazards. Fall is a great time to remove hazardous branches that could fall and damage your home or cause serious bodily harm.

3. Remove wayward seedlings. Over the past several months, a seedling or two may have sprouted next to your home, perhaps aided by the water from your gutters. It’s best to remove the seedlings so their roots don’t burrow into your foundation, causing problems with your home’s stability.

4. Spray for insects. Fall is a good time to prevent vermin and insects from burrowing further into a tree, undermining its health and stability.

5. Wrap trees. Without the cover of leaves, some trees may get winter sun scald, which can damage the bark enough that it may fall off. To prevent sun scald, cover younger trees with a paper tree wrap. Older trees close to the road should be wrapped in burlap to protect them from road salt sprays.

6. Fertilize. Fall is a good time to feed your trees. You may want to test the soil first to ensure you give the trees the nutrients and pH they need.

7. Pull away mulch. There should be a 6-inch space between your tree and the mulch to discourage fungus growth.

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