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Assess the health of your trees prior to winter!

As the weather transitions from the warm days of summer to the crisp days of fall, it is a critical time to focus on tree health. As an arborist with years of experience, below are some important tips to prepare your trees for winter.

Inspect and Prune – Look for signs of disease, pest infestations, or structural weaknesses. Prune any dead or diseased branches to prevent potential hazards and encourage new growth. Proper pruning promotes airflow, reduces the risk of disease spread, and ensures your trees can withstand harsh winter conditions.

Deep Watering – As the summer heat wanes give your trees a deep watering, ensuring the soil is thoroughly moistened down to the root zone. Adequate hydration helps trees store essential nutrients and prepares them for the colder months. Remember, it’s better to water deeply and less frequently than to provide shallow, frequent watering.

Mulching Matters – Applying a layer of organic mulch around the base of your trees helps regulate soil temperature and retains moisture, prevents soil compaction and inhibits the growth of weeds that compete for nutrients. Be sure not to pile mulch against the tree trunk, as this can lead to moisture retention and potential rot.

Fertilize Wisely – Before the growing season ends, consider applying a slow-release, balanced fertilizer to replenish essential nutrients in the soil. However, be cautious not to over-fertilize, as this can stimulate late-season growth that may not have enough time to harden before winter.

Monitor for Pests and Diseases – Keep an eye out for signs of trouble, such as discolored leaves, abnormal growth, or visible pests. If you suspect an issue, consult with a professional arborist to diagnose and address the problem promptly.

If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to seek the expertise of a certified arborist at Joe McIlvaine Tree and Lawn service, to provide personalized guidance for your specific tree species and landscape.

Contact us at 215-322-8394 or at

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