Hello, and welcome back to our blog! Now that fall is in full swing here in Indianapolis, it’s time to start preparing your yard for the cooler weather ahead. The new season means performing routine maintenance on your yard, which also includes maintenance on the trees and shrubs. There are many simple steps you can take to get your yard prepped and ready for fall, which can protect your yard from the wintry weather that is rapidly approaching. As your Top Rated Local® tree care service company, we at Elite Tree Experts will be there to help you every step of the way so your yard survives the tough winter months. Today, we’ll look at some of the easiest and best ways to clean up your yard and get your trees in great shape for the winter weather ahead in part one of our short blog series.

Assess and Plan

The first order of business is to assess what needs to be done in your yard so you can plan to use your time, budget, and supplies efficiently. Survey the entire yard taking note of which trees, shrubs, plants, and flowers can use the most attention. You’ll also want to take note of your yard maintenance goals and how the work you’re doing now may affect the health of your lawn and trees in the spring. Follow the steps listed below as your fall lawn and tree care checklist to guide you on your project.  

Cleanup

Once you’ve assessed your yard you can begin the cleanup process. Before you can begin strengthening your trees and lawn, it’s important to get rid of the unhealthy, dying, and dead plants, shrubs, and trees. Start by removing the manageable fallen trees and branches from your yard. Get rid of any weeds that may have sprung up at the end of summer. Rake up small debris such as leaves, small twigs and branches, and any trash that may have been blown into your yard.

 

 

Lay Down Mulch

Mulch has many incredible benefits that can help your yard thrive all winter long. Mulching in the fall is one of the best defences against winter weeds that may sprout up and permeate your landscaping, which can affect the tree roots. Additionally, mulching helps insulate soil which can protect your landscaping from the effects created by cold temperatures and cyclical freezing and thawing that is common in Indianapolis. As the Arbor Day Foundation acknowledges, mulching at the base of a tree is one of the best ways to care for your trees because mulch retains water which keeps the roots replenished. Organic mulch provides the nutrients your landscaping needs as it breaks down and blends with the soil. Contact us if you have questions about the best types of mulch to place around your trees.

Implement Tree Supports

Winds often become stronger during the fall, so you’ll want to protect your trees from damaging winds using tree supports. Tree supports can help keep the tree roots safe and intact during periods of high winds. You can find tree support kits at any local hardware store and can even make them using sturdy pieces of wood and metal or durable plastic ties. Implementing tree supports in the fall can also help protect tree during heavy winter snowstorms that tend to damage trees.  

Plant New Trees and Shrubs

Planting trees between September and November is the optimal time of year to plant new trees and shrubs. The moisture from autumn rains and cooler temperature can help new trees and shrubs establish their roots before the ground freezes, which creates a stronger, healthier root system in the spring when the tree begins to grow. This is where mulching at the base of the tree is crucial, as the mulch seals in the moisture that supports the roots while helping maintain temperatures underneath the surface. Another benefit of planting in the fall is trees will be better equipped to remain healthy and strong during hotter, drier seasons.   

Tune in next time as we continue looking at more ways to prepare your landscaping for fall. To request a free quote for our tree care services that include tree removal, tree trimming, stump grinding, and general tree maintenance or to schedule an appointment, contact Elite Tree Experts today!