Why You Need to Prepare Your Trees for Autumn


Trees do a lot for a garden. They block nearby street sounds, they give an otherwise flat, limited stretch of land a tall, 3D canopy, and they simply look beautiful. They accommodate wildlife, giving your garden the birds, squirrels and insects it needs to truly flourish and come alive.

However, certain months of the year are harder on trees than others. The colder months in particular, during autumn and winter, with heavy winds and biting colds. Staying healthy and strong can be harder for trees, especially if they weren’t particularly sturdy or healthy already.

Preparing your trees for the potentially hard winter and autumn ahead can prove essential in making sure you don’t have any falling tree problems, or trees dying on you. Trees make a garden, and they don’t grow in a day.

We can get singularly hard winds in the UK, and we usually have a couple of bad storms every autumn and winter. This year we should be particularly cautious, especially with all the freak hurricane and earthquake activity we’ve seen. Here in the UK that might not translate into any deadly weather, but you’re still going to be annoyed when a tree branch comes loose and totals your garage.

In terms of preparing a tree for the winter ahead, you need someone with the right eye, expertise and skills. Namely a tree surgeon. They know what they’re looking for when it comes to tree diseases and conditions, and how to treat them. They can gauge whether or not a tree is dead, and needs to be cut down, and they can prune away weaker, risky branches before they come loose. They can also make tree shorter, allowing more light into your house and garden if they’re overgrown. Essentially, they’re tree doctors, sculptors and surveyors, all rolled into one.

At the start of autumn, it can be hard to determine whether or not a trees healthy or not. That’s because as a layman, one of the main signs which you look for is leaf discolouration and patchiness. These are some of the biggest signs of illness and disease, potentially contagious disease, within a tree. However, as the trees all start to turn orange and brown, and shed their leaves, how can you expect to make those same judgements?

While the way trees block sound from nearby roads, and give a home privacy, is entirely welcome, and really one of the best things about trees, sometimes, they can get a little too big, and block too much, leaving a home dark and lacking light. If you don’t find yourself fancying learning to climb trees and carry chainsaws simultaneously, then you should turn to a qualified and proven tree surgeon. They’ll get that sunlight flowing into your home, while keeping your tree healthy and growing, as well as looking great. You’d be lucky to achieve all that with a DIY job!

Winter is hard on all plants, but trees as larger sheltering flora take the brunt of it. Getting them checked out is the least you can do when it comes to helping them make it through the colder months.