What To Expect With Your Trees As They Transition From Summer To Fall

Trees have a life cycle that revolves around the four seasons. The same way you fix your AC as summer approaches is the same way trees make changes to cope with the prevailing season. Therefore, it’s incredibly important to understand the changes your trees go through as they transition from one season to the next to be able to take care of them. Are you wondering what happens to the tree as it shifts from summer to fall? Read on to know what to expect.

Expect Robust Growth

Fall is characterized by less sunlight and more precipitation compared to summer. These are conducive conditions for trees to grow. So, they come out of mid-summer dormancy during this period. Although the leaves will eventually change in color and fall off, your trees’ root system gets stronger. The tree can focus all the nutrients on the roots now that the leaves are no longer present. Besides, the soil softens during fall since the sun is not too hot, making it easier for the roots to grow.

More Susceptibility To Rot And Disease

As the seasons change, the weather becomes more pest-friendly. Therefore, even the slightest wound on a tree could lead to a pest attack. The trees could also easily rot during fall. Therefore, you want to avoid activities that might wound your trees. That means holding off the pruning until fall is over.

However, if you notice dead limbs on your trees, now would be the best time to eliminate them. If you don’t, your entire tree might end up dying by the end of the season. Again, you need to be careful not to injure the tree while removing the dead limbs to avoid exposing the trees to rot.

Plant More Trees During The Transition

We’ve established that the summer-fall transition is not the best time to prune your trees. So you might be wondering what else you can do in the garden at this point. Planting more trees would be an excellent idea. Although most people associate planting with spring, there is no harm in doing it right ahead of the fall season. If you plant during this time, your trees will have some time to grow before winter comes, and without the harsh summer sunlight.

But don’t forget to uphold the rules of planting. For instance, don’t plant trees too close to structures. Otherwise, your efforts of planting during the best season won’t pay off.

Leaf Discoloration

Days are shorter during the fall. As a result, chlorophyll is not produced in high quantities, as was the case in the summer. Therefore, the leaves change color. Worry not – they are completely healthy.

Do All Leaves Fall Off?

You certainly expect your trees to shed their leaves as fall comes around. However, it doesn’t happen to all trees – conifers keep their leaves all year round. So if you have conifer trees in your garden, expect the leaves to remain intact. However, both coniferous and non-coniferous trees save some water. They also dehydrate themselves to increase the concentration of sugar in their cells.

Leave The Heavy Lifting To The Experts

Have you been wondering what happens to trees in the fall? Now you know. Are you worried that you won’t be able to give your trees the tender loving care they need during this transition? Don’t fret; leave the job to the experts.

With over two decade’s experience, Rocky Mountain Tree Service is committed to offering quality tree maintenance services. From tree trimming, tree removal, stump grinding, and hedge and shrub trimming, we are your go-to guys! Contact us today to schedule our services and keep your trees strong and healthy.