A WELCOME TO FALL
Now that the uncomfortable hot humid days of summer have given way to
the anticipated cool fall nights which seem to endlessly roll into
breezy comfortable days, our unique community has started its annual
environmental color show for all of our residents and visitors to ENJOY!
For the next couple of short weeks squirrels will be collecting and
hiding the never ending supply of acorns which blanket the ground. The
frequent sounds of acorns hitting cars, decks and driveways echoing
throughout our quiet rural splendor will soon give way to the gentle
sounds of falling leaves continuously raining out of the lazy October
sky. The mass migration of our various species of birds will give way to
the leaf rustling sounds of whitetail deer running and chasing each
other through our yards.
The sights, smells and sounds of fall offer a last look at our beautiful
outdoor community before the unwelcome frigid winter months take over.
This yearís drought will make our annual fall color show even shorter
than usual. Take the time to walk through our communityís rural splendor
and enjoy this wonderful time which helps to make Palos Park a very
special place to live.
FALL TREE CARE IDEAS
As winter quickly approaches, here are some ideas to make your trees
look beautiful, healthy, and vigorous next spring.
- During October and November,
male Whitetail Deer will rub their antlers on young trees usually 1
to 3 inches thick. The deer prefer to rub their antlers on quaking
aspens, however young birches, maples, lindens, ashes, and oaks are
all at risk. Take the necessary precautions to protect your young
trees from antler damage. Try wrapping a piece of 4-inch plastic
drain-tile starting from the ground up and around the tree 3 to 4
feet high. Damage to the bark caused by a deer rubbing itís antlers
on a tree can often lead to the trees death.
- Fall is the best time to plant
a new tree. The rate of having a successful planting is higher than
at any other time of year. Young trees by this time have stored all
the energy they need for the winter months. The freshly planted root
system has an easier time adjusting to its new soil because of the
cooler temperatures and the moist soil conditions.
- Make sure to give all of your
trees a good 4 inch layer of mulch. When possible, try to cover the
whole area under the drip line with organic or inorganic mulch. This
layer of mulch helps the tree establish important organisms in the
root area essential to its development. Mulch can also hold moisture
in the soil under hot conditions and insulate tree roots during
brutal cold periods.
- Late fall and winter present
the best time to prune your trees. As temperatures drop and insects
die, trees pruned during this time are less likely to be invaded by
potentially deadly insects or diseases after need ed pruning cuts
are made. Although dead limbs can be removed year round, pruning
cuts to your healthy trees should always be made during the fall and