Fall Tree Care – Preparing Your Landscape for Flourishing Season Ahead
Updated: Nov 3
As the vibrant colors of fall grace San Jose, CA, it's time to step outdoors and take a closer look at your landscape. Trees, a source of your property's beauty and shade, deserve a little extra attention this season. In this blog post, we'll guide you on the essential aspects of fall tree care, ensuring your trees remain healthy and vibrant throughout the year.
What to Look for on Your Trees
Inspect for Weak Branches: Begin by checking for any weak or dead branches that may pose a threat during winter storms. San Jose's mild winter weather doesn't bring harsh conditions, but it's essential to prevent potential damage caused by falling branches.
Check for Pest Infestations: Keep an eye out for common tree pests in the area, such as aphids, scale insects, and spider mites. Early identification allows you to address infestations before they become severe.
Assess for Disease Signs: Look for signs of disease, including discolored or spotted leaves, oozing sap, or abnormal growth. San Jose's climate can encourage various tree diseases, so early detection is key.
Anthracnose: Fall is the best time to take the first (of three) control measures for Sycamore Anthracnose, the application of Growth Regulator! Watch for the topic in upcoming blog articles, or ask your Arborist during our visit!
Common Tree Problems in the Greater San Jose Area
The San Jose area is home to a variety of tree species, each with its unique challenges. Some common issues to watch for include:
Sudden Oak Death (SOD): Affecting oak trees, SOD is prevalent in California. Look for dark oozing cankers on the trunk and dieback of branches.
Drought Stress: San Jose's dry summers can stress trees. Watch for wilting leaves, leaf scorch, and early leaf drop.
Fire Blight: Common among fruit trees like apples and pears, fire blight causes blackened, withered leaves. Prune infected branches promptly.
Branches and Utility Lines
Overhanging tree branches can pose significant risks to your home and utility lines. They can cause damage during storms or lead to increased fire hazards. Prune branches that extend too close to your home or power lines to prevent potential accidents.
Fungal Fruiting Bodies
When inspecting your trees, pay attention to any fungal fruiting bodies, such as mushrooms or conks. These growths can indicate internal tree decay. Importantly, do not remove them as they serve as crucial clues for arborists to diagnose and address the issue properly.
Why Prevention Through Inspection Matters
Taking the time to inspect your trees in the fall isn't just about maintaining a picturesque landscape. It's about protecting your property, the environment, and of course your family’s safety. Healthy trees contribute to cleaner air, a stable ecosystem, and a visually pleasing neighborhood. So be proactive and show some love to your trees.
Your Next Step
If you have questions or concerns about your trees, don't hesitate to reach out to Anderson’s Tree Care Specialists. Our certified arborists are here to help with property inspections and expert advice. Ensure the well-being of your trees and enjoy a beautiful, thriving landscape throughout the seasons.