Tree Care Tips: October

  • If temperatures remain mild, you can safely prune most trees. Every year is a little different so watch the weather reports for changes from seasonal patterns. If there are warnings of an early cold snap, be careful not to prune frost-sensitive trees too heavily. You’re taking away their winter coat! New growth that emerges after pruning is also more susceptible to frost-damage than older growth.
  • October is a great month for planting and transplanting evergreens. There are also a few beautiful deciduous trees in the Phoenix area that give a brilliant display of fall color.
  • This is also the month for the fourth and final citrus fertilizer application. (Feb/May/Aug/Oct)