With the onset of autumn, the days start to get shorter and the air temperatures start to fall. As the light and temperature conditions start to change, the trees photosynthesis process begins to slow before coming to a halt. As a direct result of this, the chlorophyll (the pigment that gives deciduous leaves their green colour) starts to breakdown within the leaf, letting the orange, yellow and red pigments become visible thus producing the leaves brilliant autumn colours. As these colour changes occur, additional changes within the leaves structure cause them to fall from the trees.
At Treescapes NI, we advise if possible, that any pruning should be avoided directly before leaf fall as trees are utilising proportions of the valuable energy reserves built up through the summer growth period to bring about these biological changes and shed their leaves. In addition, any resulting pruning wounds will not heal as rapidly at this time of year and so the tree may be exposed to a greater risk from pathogens and fungal infection.
When the leaves have fallen, it is often the best time to undertake Health & Safety tree inspections as it is much easier to spot structural defects such as bulges, splits or cracks in stems and branches.
It is also often the best time of year to identify any fungi that may be growing on or around a tree. Dependent on the species of fungi present, there may be urgent implications with regards to tree safety or structural integrity.
Should you require any help or advice then please contact us, our staff hold professional qualifications for tree inspection and hazard identification and will be able to offer sensible advice relating to risk management of trees.
Contact us on now 080 0069 9738 for a free, no obligation quotation.
Remember, the winter months are the correct times to prune your ‘pip’ fruit trees such as Apple and Pears. Why not call us now for a free assessment instead of leaving it until it’s too late!
Should you be considering tree planting, then autumn is the ideal season to undertake these tasks, allowing the tree to become established over the winter months leading to the best possible start as the new growth begins in the following spring. Treescapes NI are able to supply and plant trees according to your requirements.
If you require any further specialist advice on winter tree pruning or tree planting in Belfast or throughout Northern Ireland, please get in contact with us. We can offer impartial advice on not only tree pruning, but a comprehensive range of tree maintenance services.