Autumn Tree Care

Autumn Tree Care

Cooler weather is a great time for planting trees and for the trees that you currently it is time to prepare them for the rapidly approaching winter months.

Here are some tips from our friends at Casey Trees in Washington DC.

-Remove slow-release watering bags from around your trees.  Tree trunks and the tree flare need to be exposed to air.

-Check the mulch.  Freshen mulch by adding 2 to 3 inches in a ring around the trunk.  Pull the mulch about 3 to 6 inches away from the truck so that the root flare can be exposed to air.

– If autumn days heat up giving your trees some water is good.  Do not water after the ground freezes.

-Enjoy the fall

Casey Trees’ mission is to restore, enhance, and protect the tree canopy of the Nation’s Capital. Read Casey Trees Blog


Ben is an employee of the Arbor Day Foundation. My favorite types of trees are flowering trees and my favorite tree is the Japanese Red Maple.


  1. Pingback: Arbor Day Tree Care & Landscape Design Blog » Autumn Tree Care | Tree Services Austin

  2. Hi Ben, Can burlap be used to wrap our young trees for the winter? I have 2 Red Leaf Maples and a Japanese Blooming Cherry tree. We don’t have many freeze warnings here in St. Augustin, Florida but have some predicted for this coming week. The maples are 2 years old and the Japanese is one year old. Would appreciate any advice from you!
    Thank you, Celeste

  3. The predicted freeze in Florida won’t harm these trees. Both of these species will tolerate lows falling far below freezing.

  4. I’ll be getting a red maple sappling @ November. How about special care like the burlap mentioned above or insulated bag for (SE Penna.) zone 6/7 ?

    I suppose I’ll do a 6″ dia. chicken wire guard around the sappling.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *