As I write this in late September, it is finally raining, but prior to this, we have not had significant rainfall for well over a month, after a wet early summer, and this unevenness of rain is not
good for our trees!
Let’s review what you should be doing if you have new or established trees:
New trees–two years or less in your yard–keep using your watering bag, or keep watering frequently as long as the ground is not frozen. At that time, remove your bag or stop watering for the hard part of winter, and keep the bag in your garage or basement. Then bring it back in the spring.
All other trees, even old ones–These trees need occasional, but deep watering–an inch or more at a time. Put a bowl out as you water to make sure an inch accumulates in it–or
water most of the day or overnight with a very narrow trickle of water. Your goal is to get water to soak into the top 10 or so inches of the soil. There are also root feeders that water along with the food. If in doubt about how to water effectively, check out these sites:
Other fall and winter tree work:
While we understand that not everyone enjoys raking leaves (although it can be a great aerobic and whole-body workout), we hope you will do the math and realize that it is much, much cheaper to hire someone to rake your leaves (for the next ten years!) than to take your mature tree out because you don’t want to fool with the leaves. If you truly have an issue with your leaves, please let the Tree Board know, and we will try to match you up with a young person who can help you!
Removing your leaves is particularly important if you have a tree susceptible to fungal disease. Use paper lawn bags or cans to put them out as lawn waste. Diseases that affect tree leaves like powdery mildew or various leaf spots will come back the next year if the affected leaves are not removed. Water, rake, and above all, ENJOY the amazing fall colors!
The St. Regis Park Tree Board