Fall Tree Service: Why You Need To Have Your Trees Checked Before Winter

Trees are lost every year from storm-related events. Major damage to parts of the tree, or even the entire tree, can result from the extreme weather of different seasons. Depending on the intensity and timing, these seasonal storms can cause extensive damage. This makes fall an ideal time to have your trees evaluated and serviced for winter.

The intense rain and wind from Hurricane Ida has caused damage to numerous trees across the Garden State.

Many times, cracks in tree trunks and branches can go unnoticed. This dramatically increases the likelihood that large branches, or even the entire tree, could fall in an upcoming extreme weather event.  

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Downbursts, microbursts, and other extreme weather phenomenon can cause damage to your trees. You can keep an eye on our local wind conditions for the next 12 hours below.

Prune Your Trees In Fall To Prepare For Winter

If your tree has weak, broken, split, unhealthy branches, it may not be strong enough to withstand the added weight of snow or ice accumulation.

Pruning in fall can be easier because most trees have fewer leaves, exposing the branch structure underneath. If branches are dead, diseased, or unsafe, we will remove them. Pruning before winter is also a good idea since your trees are in the inactive, or dormant, stage of growth this time of year.

Fertilizing

Fertilizing is one of the best ways to keep your trees healthy. Applying fertilizer in the fall helps protect your trees from winter damage.

Trees in the forest have an abundance of nutrients, while suburban trees face high-stress conditions like low moisture availability, compaction, physical damage, and construction. Since people rake away tree debris like leaves, twigs, and bark, the tree does not receive nutrients from their decomposition.

When faced with these conditions trees will not reach their full landscape potential, have a shorter lifespan, and will be more susceptible to insects and diseases. To maximize the potential of your trees, we recommend investing in a tree maintenance program that mitigates these conditions. Other than regular trimming, fertilization can be one of the most beneficial tree maintenance services to invest in.

Mulch

Mulching insulates a tree’s roots, helping protect it from the creeping cold of late fall. In addition, it helps the soil retain moisture. Next to trimming and fertilizing, applying mulch around trees is one of the best things you can do for the health of your trees. For young trees, mulching is a quick and cost-effective way to provide your trees with numerous health benefits.

Free Tree Risk Evaulation

The best way to ensure your trees are capable of withstanding the extreme weather expected this winter is to have a free tree risk evaluation performed by a certified arborist. We are always providing our customers with valuable insight into the health of their trees. We can identify trouble and take action to prevent damage to your trees during the next storm. We encourage you to give us a call at (732) 291-4444 and schedule your free inspection today.