Fall Tree Care
Get tips for preparing your trees for winter.
If you have newly-planted trees in your landscape, there are a couple things you can do this fall to help them get through the 1st and 2nd winter unharmed. First, wrap the trunk to reduce sun scald and frost cracking. Use burlap or paper wrap and secure it with tape. Keep it on until bud break in spring. Second, make sure the base of the tree is well-mulched. This helps keep the tree from coming out of dormancy too soon in spring and may also help retain soil moisture. Fall can also be a time to prune trees. With most trees, winter is the best time. But a few tree species bleed sap in spring time from pruning cuts made in winter or early spring. The most common examples are birch, walnut and some maples such as the summer maple. Though the bleeding is not actually harmful to the tree, it is unsightly. Pruning in fall reduces or eliminates spring bleeding.