How to take care of your trees during the fall in Denver


Ah, fall is in the air!

Who doesn’t love fall?! It’s the season of football, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, apple ciders, bonfires, and pumpkin spice everything. It’s also the time for raking leaves and getting your trees ready for winter. Yes, the weather may be in the 70s across Denver, but a quick plunge into winter can be only days away.

Now that your trees have shaken loose of their leaves, what’s the best way to show your trees some love before winter?

Rake up most of your leaves

The first thing to remember is that “leaves on the ground let diseases stick around.” Thick piles of leaves can invite snow mold to infest your lawn. Other diseases can also make their way from dead leaves to the root system of your trees.

Wait a minute- didn’t you say ‘most’ of your leaves?! That’s a good point. If you want a perfectly manicured lawn, track down every one of those leafy fugitives and send them packing. However, leaving a few leaves isn’t bad for your lawn. In fact, letting a few random leaves disintegrate into your lawn can be good fertilizer. If you’re going to mow again, your mower blade will shred small amounts of leaves with each pass.

Keep watering!

Your trees may not have their leaves, but they’re still drawing significant amounts of nutrients from the soil. It takes a lot of work to get rid of leaves and your trees are thirsty! Use a subsurface probe to distribute water throughout the top 12 inches of soil surrounding your tree’s root system. This is the area where your tree needs the most water.

Feed your trees with fall tree fertilization

Guess what? If your trees are thirsty, they’re also hungry! Even though your tree is drawing nutrients from the soil, it needs a kickstart of good vitamins to help protect its vascular system heading into winter. We recommend using a slow-release tree fertilizer to give your tree the maximum timeframe to absorb crucial nutrients. Check out our Tree Fertilization section to learn more.

Fall is trimming time for trees (except fruit trees!)

Once all the leaves are gone, it’s time for a certified arborist to give your trees a nice haircut. Having no leaves present means an arborist can see the exact structure of your tree’s branches and limbs. A certified arborist can identify and remove branches that are damaged or diseased. Corrective pruning will help retain your tree’s natural shape and prevent snow and ice damage throughout the winter. (Colorado State Extension)

Could you trim your tree yourself? Yes, but at what cost to yourself and to the tree? Fielding Tree and Shrub Care offers tree trimming to whip your trees into shape before the holidays. Click here to schedule your free on-site estimate today.