January 2023

As we continue to grow as a company, we are bringing in the new year with NEW, news! Autumn tree introduces Aria as our newest administrative assistant. Many of you have had the pleasure of speaking with her on the phone, either when calling the office or when she has called to schedule your work. Aria is very talented in art and design, she comes to us with quite a bit of tech and computer experience, customer service background and an outgoing personality. She jumped in head first, picking things up very quickly and has already contributed so much to our business. We are happy to have her here and know she will be a great addition.


Dormant trees and shrubs, especially evergreens, continue to lose moisture even in the coldest winter periods. The rate of water loss increases with fluctuating temperatures, drying winds, and full sunlight. Trees and shrubs, planted in low quality upland soils that are not holding soil moisture and that are exposed to harsh winds, are particularly susceptible to winter desiccation. Damage appears as brown needles and leaves (especially on the windward side) on evergreens and dry and brittle branches that do not leaf out on deciduous plants.

Anti-Desiccants can be particularly helpful for broadleaf evergreens and coniferous evergreens. Anti-desiccant sprays work by preventing the normal release of water from leaves and needles. Although your plants and trees are dormant in winter, evergreen shrubs and trees are still transpiring (releasing water through their leaves). This is part of their normal function, although they do it at a greatly reduced rate in winter compared to the growing season. Think of it like hibernating animals; even while deeply asleep they’re still alive and breathing, but so slowly that it’s hardly noticeable. Anti-desiccants are generally sprayed on the plants they’re intended to protect. The sprays contain waxes that coat the exposed surfaces of foliage and need to be uniformly and thoroughly applied in order to work.

Reach out to our office and ask us to get you on the schedule today!!


Emerald Ash Borer Changes

Several factors can influence treatment decisions when it comes to treating your Ash tees. Numerous studies have compared costs of removing urban ash trees, versus costs of treating the same trees with Emamectin benzoate. These studies previously indicated that you would need to treat with Emamectin benzoate every other year to effectively work against an infestation of Emerald Ash Borer. Results consistently showed treatment costs are much lower than removal costs. Recent studies show Emamectin Benzoate applied in the spring can NOW provide effective control for EAB for up to three years. Annual cost of treating trees at 3 year intervals and more efficient applications increase the ratio of benefits to costs even further. It will not cause harm to keep these treatments on an every other year schedule as preventative care; but we do not recommend it.


Autumn Tree Lawn and Landscape is working on your 2023 annual proposals for lawn and PHC. We will be sending these to your email starting in January. They will be coming from [email protected]

 so be on the lookout!

Winter Watering

When the root systems of trees don’t have water, the roots begin to dieback. Root dieback is especially detrimental to a tree’s health because eventually if water does come, the root system may not be able to absorb what the tree needs. Maintaining moisture to the roots system requires deeper watering and doesn’t need to be as frequent. The majority of the trees root system is in the top 18 inches of soil, and more than 50% of the tree’s fine fibrous roots are in the top 6 inches!

Exactly how much irrigation a tree needs varies with species, climate, soil & site conditions. Without enough water, trees become more susceptible to secondary issues like pests and disease. We inject hundreds of gallons of our formulation into the root system of each tree to recharge the the top 4-6 inches of soil. During extremely dry periods, we recommend this treatment be done every couple months.

The goal is not only to supplement water for the tree to “drink”, but also to provide a moist and healthy soil environment for strong root growth.

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