Understanding Your Tree’s Transition from Summer to Fall

September 19, 2017 2:42 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In order to take care of your trees, you need to understand their life cycles. This way, everything you do for your tree is done in its proper time, according to nature’s timetable.

With that in mind, our experts in tree cutting in Watertown, MA, have put together a little primer to help you understand your trees transition from summer to fall.

Fall is an important growing season

As your tree transitions from summer to fall, increased precipitation and decreased exposure to intense sunlight means your tree is going to be coming out of its mid-summer dormancy and entering into an important period of growth before winter dormancy sets in. It may seem counter-intuitive that fall is a growth period––knowing your tree’s leaves will soon change color and die and collect on your lawn––but fall is an important opportunity for your tree to strengthen its root system. Without putting energy into leaves or fruiting or protecting its bark from sun scald, your tree can put that much more energy into its roots. The soil is also much softer in fall without the baking effect of the sun, which allows your tree’s roots to grow free.

Fall is not the best time for tree trimming

As a rule, you want to trim your trees during dormancy, so these last summer months are really your last chance until the end of winter to safely trim your tree. If you trim during the fall, your tree becomes far more susceptible to rot and disease, which also thrive during the wet, cool fall months. Basically, any wound you open in a tree is also an opening for pests.

Trimming damaged or dead limbs is always appropriate

Of course, if anything happens to your tree during the fall months—like, for example, if a limb is taken down in a storm––it would be prudent to call an expert provider of tree trimming in Watertown, MA, to help you mitigate the damage to the tree, make sure its trunk doesn’t split and give your tree the best chance to get through the fall without developing any rot. If you don’t salvage an injured tree, you may end up requiring a tree removal service down the line.

What to do with the summer you’ve got left

While you’ve still got a little bit of summer left, you should know that it’s still a pretty good time to plant a tree. If you wait too long, you may run the risk of your tree getting flooded during the fall months—but if you get the tree in the ground early enough, you might just miss the most brutal of the summer months (saving the tree from scalding its bark), while giving your tree long enough to establish itself before the rains of fall. If you do it right, your tree will have all fall to work on its root system, and will really explode with growth come spring.

Summer’s almost over, so if you’re planning on needing any tree trimming, tree cutting, tree planting or any other tree service in Watertown, MA, it’s time to get to it before it’s too late. Give us a call today here at BBD Tree Service, and we can help your trees transition from summer to fall.

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