5 Fall Tree Care Tips

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5 Fall Tree Care Tips

5 Fall Tree Care Tips

Fall is coming fast, and your trees need some care to be ready for the long Alberta winter. Here are five tips that have helped us maintain healthy trees for decades.

  1. Plant at the Right Time
  2. Hydration
  3. Fertilization
  4. Pruning
  5. Cabling and Bracing

The best time to plant new trees is in the fall once they are shedding their leaves. It is much cooler at this time, and the tree has a low risk of being scorched by the sun.  The tree is becoming dormant but will still have a chance to build root mass before the winter comes.

If you have any questions, be sure to consult with a Certified Arborist.

Fall is also the best time to move a tree.  Here are 5 Tips to Moving a Tree in Edmonton, Alberta.



During the fall, trees need a lot of water. Make sure you give your trees a lot of water so they stay hydrated through the winter months. Alberta is dry, and the tree will not be getting any new water until the snow melts. Make sure the roots are getting water at least 12 inches into the soil.

Protect your tree in the winter by making sure it is hydrated.



Fertilizing in the fall gives the tree nutrients throughout the winter, which it can feed on and be healthier come spring. Nutrients leach from your tree during the winter months, and by fertilizing, you can make sure this doesn’t happen. Nutrients help your tree be healthier, more disease resistant, and grow faster.



Certified Arborist Mike Burge from Arbor Man Tree Care recommends pruning your trees after the leaves have fallen. The tree is dormant and will sustain less damage. Pruning weakened branches will make the tree more resistant to the snowfall and prevent branches from breaking off due to the extra weight.  When the tree has no leaves, it is easier to see the tree structure and know what branches need pruning.


Cabling &  Bracing

Large or old trees often need cabling and bracing to survive Edmonton’s challenging climate. Trees go through a lot, from scorching summers to frigid cold, heavy snow to heavy rain and the ever-expected high winds.

Cabling and bracing can help sustain weakened or heavy parts of the trees to keep them from splitting apart. The extra weight that snow will bring in the winter will put your tree to the test, and now is the right time to make sure it is structurally sound.


Final Thoughts

Some straightforward tips for fall tree care can go a long way to maintaining a healthy tree. Contact a certified arborist to make sure that your trees are in the best of health.  Fall is the right time to make sure your landscape thrives in the spring.

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