Learn How to Care for Your Trees this Fall

If you have trees, whether in a small balcony space or a large manicured garden, fall plant care is essential to prepare them for the rough winter season.

Learn How to Care for Your Trees this Fall

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Here are a few simple yet important steps you can take to deal with water loss, leaving you with much healthier trees come the spring.

  • The first step is to stop fertilizing the ground around the tree to minimize new growth. New growth is very susceptible to the weather conditions and can be the cause of leaf scorch and winter burn.
  • Carefully prune the trees and remove any structural faults, deadwood, dying twigs, bark, and any growths attached to the tree trunk and branches, such as sprouts or suckers.
  • If you have young evergreen trees, spraying them with an anti-desiccant will limit the amount of moisture lost through the leaves. You can also spread a thick layer of coarse mulch around the base of the tree to prevent moisture loss through the soil and to provide protection from temperature fluctuations for the roots.
  • Pound two pieces of white-painted wood in front of the south and west side of young, thin-barked trees to avoid sun-scald during the winter.
  • Weather is not the only problem your trees have to deal with; an essential part of fall plant care is ensuring your trees are safe from rabbits and voles, and the easiest way to protect them is placing ¼ inch hardware cloth about two inches from the tree trunks.

For more information on how to properly tend to your garden, check our online plant care guide, and don’t hesitate to contact Rosehill Gardens if you need additional tips on how to efficiently winterize your trees. We’re always available to meet your needs and help you take the best possible care of your garden.

Simple Ways to Save Time Raking Leaves

There’s a chill in the air, and the leaves are beginning to turn colors. It won’t be long before they start dropping from the branches.

Simple Ways to Save Time Raking Leaves

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When it comes to landscape maintenance in Kansas City, raking the leaves is easily one of the most time-consuming chores you will do this fall.

The following tips will help save you a little time and a lot of energy:

  • Get a bigger rake. The larger the rake, the more leaves you can sweep up in a pass.
  • Mow the leaves up. You can use a shredding or mulching lawn mower and simply mow them into the bag for disposal within your composter or the city yard waste bins.
  • Vacuum them up with a yard blower/vacuum. The leaves will be minced as they pass through the vacuum, and you can spread them on flower beds or in the garden where they’ll decompose over the winter months.
  • Rake leaves onto a tarp. You can pile them up on the tarp, then move them wherever you want to take them.
  • Don’t rake in the wind. This isn’t efficient, and if it gets windy on the day you plan to rake, put the task off a day or two. There’s no sense in fighting Mother Nature.
  • Rake downhill. Even though leaves are light, don’t fight gravity. Instead, let the slope of the hill make it easier for you to collect the leaves into a pile.

Would you rather spend your fall indoors and out of the chill? We understand completely and invite you to contact Rosehill Gardens to learn more about our landscape maintenance services in Kansas City.

We’ll be happy to rake the leaves and clean the yard so you can rest inside with a nice cup of hot cocoa.