Fall Tree Maintenance Checklist for Texas Homeowners

Fall Tree Maintenance Checklist for Texas Homeowners

October 31, 2023

As fall arrives in the Lone Star State, it’s time for Texas homeowners to start thinking about their trees. Fall is a critical season for tree maintenance, as it prepares your trees for the winter months and sets the stage for vibrant growth in the spring. Ben & Annie’s Trees for Tomorrow is here to help you ensure that your trees are healthy and well-prepared for the coming seasons, so read on to see our essential fall tree maintenance checklist that has been tailored to the specific needs of all of our Texas homeowners. 

Inspect your trees

Before diving into any maintenance tasks, begin by conducting a thorough inspection of your trees. Look for signs of disease, pest infestations or structural issues such as weak branches, and keep an eye out for discolored or yellowing leaves, bark damage, visible pests or webs, cracks or cavities in the trunk and leaning or unbalanced trees. Identifying these problems early can prevent them from becoming more serious over the winter. 

Pruning and trimming

Fall is an excellent time to prune and trim your trees, so you’ll want to remove dead or diseased branches to encourage healthy growth. Pruning also helps to improve the tree's overall structure and appearance, but be sure to follow best practices and avoid over-pruning, as this can stress the tree. 


Mulch provides several benefits for your trees, such as moisture retention, temperature regulation and weed suppression. You’ll want to apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of your trees, but make sure not to pile it against the trunk. Proper mulching can help your trees thrive during the winter and into spring.


While fall typically brings more rain to Texas, it's still important to ensure that your trees receive adequate moisture. If your area experiences a dry spell, provide supplemental watering. Deep watering is more effective than frequent shallow watering since it encourages the tree's roots to grow deeper, making them more resilient.


Applying fertilizer to your trees in the fall helps them prepare for winter dormancy and ensures they have the nutrients they need for a strong start in the spring. Choose a balanced, slow-release fertilizer, and follow the manufacturer's instructions. 

Pest control

Texas is home to various pests that can damage your trees, so in the fall, take steps to protect your trees from infestations by applying preventive treatments or calling in a professional pest control service. Addressing pest issues now can save you from more extensive problems later.

Protect against cold temperatures

While Texas winters are milder compared to other states, it's still important to protect your trees from unexpected frost or cold snaps. Consider wrapping young or vulnerable trees with burlap or frost cloth to shield them from the cold.

Put your trees first

Your trees are a valuable part of your property, providing shade, beauty and environmental benefits, and your fall tree maintenance is essential to keep them healthy and thriving. By following this fall tree maintenance checklist, you'll ensure your trees are well-prepared for the winter and poised for a strong, vibrant spring. Remember that when in doubt or dealing with significant tree issues, it's always a good idea to consult with a certified arborist or tree care professional. Ben & Annie's Trees for Tomorrow is here to help you maintain and protect the trees on your Texas property. If you’d like to know more about the work we do in the Texas Hill Country, give us a call at (210) 670-5297 or fill out our online form today.