Beat the End-of-Summer Heat: Tree Care Tips As We Transition Into Fall in Central Texas

Beat the End-of-Summer Heat: Tree Care Tips As We Transition Into Fall in Central Texas

August 31, 2023

As the summer sun slowly mellows into the warm embrace of autumn in the Central Texas area, there’s no doubt that our trees need a little extra care and attention. At Ben & Annie’s Trees for Tomorrow, our mission is to nurture communities and promote sustainable development by planting trees, which help create cleaner air and more vibrant public spaces—and what better time to ensure the health of our trees than during the seasonal shift? Read below as we elaborate on some essential tree care tips that will help our trees flourish during this transition.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

As the heat begins to taper off, it's easy to assume that our trees require less water. However, the truth is, trees continue to need proper hydration well into the fall months. In the scorching climate of San Antonio, water is a lifeline for both humans and our beloved trees. Set a regular watering schedule, making sure to water deeply but infrequently. This encourages the tree's roots to grow deeper into the soil, resulting in a stronger and more resilient tree. Remember, it's better to give a good soak once a week than a little sprinkle every day. So be sure to not let up on watering just yet—and watch your trees thrive as the seasons change.

Be sure to mulch

As we transition from summer to fall, applying a layer of mulch around the base of your trees is a fantastic idea. Think of mulch as nature's way of giving trees a cozy blanket for their roots—it acts as a natural insulator, protecting the soil and roots from extreme temperature fluctuations that can occur during this time. When applying mulch, be sure to keep it about 2-4 inches away from the tree trunk to prevent moisture buildup and potential rot. Whether it's fallen leaves, wood chips or other organic materials, giving your trees this extra layer of care is a gift that keeps on giving.

As usual, don’t forget to prune

It’s said time and time again, but it's more crucial than ever during the end-of-summer months—pruning is an essential aspect of tree care. As we move into fall, it's an ideal time to give your trees a light trim. Start by removing any dead, damaged or diseased branches—these can be a potential risk during late summer and fall storms. Additionally, thinning out the canopy allows for better air circulation and sunlight penetration, promoting healthier growth. However, remember not to go overboard—trees are still preparing for winter, and excessive pruning can stress them out. If you're unsure about the right approach, reach out to local arborists or our resources at Ben & Annie's Trees for Tomorrow for guidance.

Transition into fall with healthy trees

As the days become shorter and the temperature begins to dip, let's embark on this journey of tree care together. At Ben & Annie’s Trees for Tomorrow, we believe that every action, no matter how small, can make a big impact on our environment. By following these tree care tips, you're contributing to the beauty and sustainability of our communities here in Central Texas. As we continue to plant trees and nurture their growth, we're not just creating cleaner air and vibrant public spaces—we're fostering a connection between us and the natural world that will last for generations to come. Water, mulch, prune and watch as our trees thrive amid the changing seasons. Here's to a greener, healthier future—one tree at a time. For more information about the work we do at Ben & Annie’s Trees for Tomorrow, feel free to give us a call at (210) 670-5297 or fill out our online form today.