The most important fall tree maintenance task is to remove any dead trees or branches that could be dangerous. Before the first chill sets in, prune up to a third of the branches on large shade trees. Use loppers for smaller limbs and saws for larger ones. It’s always a good idea to inspect your property for any dead or diseased parts of your tree that would need professional attention.

About Fertilizing and Watering

Now is also the time to think about fertilizing and watering your lawn if it was not done already this summer. Fall is a great time to put a lawn and garden to rest for the winter. And prepare for spring planting, but if you don’t care for your lawn, it will turn brown and be a place where the deer can get into. Always water your lawn and plants afterward. Because the salts that are used to kill weeds in your yard can dissolve the grassroots.

When Leaves Turn Brown

A heatwave in September may cause some leaves on small trees to turn brown or become crispy. This is not usually harmful to their health but can make them less attractive. To keep your trees and shrubs healthy, make sure to water them thoroughly during the fall and winter. For example, in northern climates, evergreen trees like pines, spruces, firs, and hemlocks are only growing during the summer. Without proper care, they could easily die in the winter.

What is the Use of Leaf Mold?

Leaf mold is a great source of nutrients for your lawn and garden. However, do not use leaves from diseased trees or those that have been contaminated by pesticides. Always check the label to see if the leaves can be used in your garden or compost pile.

For those homeowners who are brave enough to tackle a bit of yard work in the fall, it is an ideal time to control invasive plants. Pull up any bamboo that has grown too much and is blocking a sidewalk. And get rid of any ivy by cutting it back by one-third. Shrubs such as privet and English ivy like to spread in your gardens this time of year. So you may want to cut them down or tie them up with a rope.

Cleaning of Ground

Many people do not realize that once a tree is removed or when there is fall tree, it is still important to clean up the ground where it was planted. Piles of pine needles left on your lawn can result in a mold; they also attract disease-carrying moths and other insects. A cubic yard of pine needles from a ten-foot tree can weigh over a thousand pounds.. So be careful and ask the contractor if you have the option to have them hauled away for free. Prevention is always better than the cure, and there is no best time to clean up a yard.

Consult with your local waste and recycling center regarding the right disposal options. During the fall, people also tend to throw away trees that are still alive in a dumpster. So it may not be as safe to dispose of dead trees in the trash. Especially if they have been sprayed with pesticides or have leaves that can be toxic. But if you cut and remove it through a landscaping company. They should be able to properly dispose of the tree.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the autumn tree?

An autumn tree is a name given to a tree whose leaves turn shades of yellow, orange, and red during autumn. This usually happens around the fall equinox (September 22 in the Northern Hemisphere and March 20 in the Southern Hemisphere). Trees native to warmer areas also tend to lose their leaves during winter, as well as trees from temperate areas that are planted in tropical regions.

What is the prettiest tree in fall?

All trees turn beautiful in the fall. But, for me, the prettiest is a Japanese maple.

Why does a tree lose leaves?

Leaves on most trees contain certain pigments that can only be produced during the spring and summer when there is an abundance of sunlight. When days become shorter and the temperature becomes cooler, the tree stops producing these pigments, resulting in leaves changing from green to other colors.

Which tree leaves fall season?

The mighty oaks, cottonwoods, maples, elms, and willows among others quickly lose their leaves in the fall. Others experience a longer period of leaf loss during slow or late growth seasons, like the dogwood (May) or elms (August).

What’s the best place to fall down?

The ground where trees once grew but have died off is the perfect place to sit down as you look at your magnificent killdeer while your dog sniffs at what’s left of your garden. You’ve never seen a dead garden till you’ve seen it after a storm.

What color is a fallen tree?

Most trees lose their leaves in the fall but depending on where you live either a green-leafed tree or a yellow-leafed tree will still retain some of their leaves.

When does fall start?

Fall officially starts in the United States when October first rolls around.

How to Prune or Maintain Large Shade Trees?

When it comes to trimming and pruning your large shade trees, the basic rule of thumb is: that less is more. As with anything you take on in life, there are a few factors involved in this decision as you contemplate working on your yard. These tips may help you realize that home repairs do not have to be overly complicated, but some research and planning along with one or two tools can get the job done.


Fall trees are a great addition to any lawn, garden, or natural area. There is a wide variety of trees to choose from that will enhance your home’s landscape. Fall leaves can provide great shade for your yard, protect it from the intense heat of the summer and help maintain the moisture levels in your soil. If properly maintained, fall trees should last for many years if not decades.


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