Gardeners' Guild Inc.
The Guild Report
October 2010    Fall is Pruning & Planting Season 
In This Issue
Point of View
Fall is Tree Pruning Season
Plant Perennials this Fall
Urban Trees

Point of View
With Employee Owner
Chris Hegler
Chris Hegler

"Having healthy trees is a combination of regular and proper pruning at the right time.  Late fall is a good time for removal of dead and decaying limbs and to allow wind to pass through.  Proper pruning is so important...bad cuts can cause future damage and be a safety hazard."

Chris is an Account Manager and has been with Gardeners' Guild for over 7 years.  He is Bay Friendly Certified and his CLT is in progress

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There are good reasons for you to consider fall to be a good season for tree pruning and, for planting.

See below for some tips on tree pruning as well as the benefits of planting this autumn.

All the best,
Suzanne Harris
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Fall is Tree Pruning Season

Autumn is the best time for a few reasons:
  • Once leaves have fallen off a tree it is easier to see cracks, defects and deadwood.
  • Safety - potential hazards should be removed before winter storms.
Reasons for pruning:
to remove damaged, dead or structurally weak limbs, improve tree's health and prevent property damage.  It also encourages growth, increases flower and fruit production and adds aesthetic appeal.

Proper pruning techniques are vital:
The National Arborist Association says "Proper pruning is an art based on scientific principles of plant physiology." It is best to hire a professional who can assess the type of pruning necessary for your tree.

It's part of a tree care plan
An important component to landscape management is having a tree care plan.  Included in this plan is a timeline and a strategy for taking care of all tasks over a given period of time.  An assessment of trees' health condition in terms of any physical damage, decay, safety hazards, pests or disease comes first.

Gardeners' Guild has had close to 40 years developing long term tree care plans for its clients.  We're happy to answer any questions about what we do.

Call Suzanne Harris at 510-439-3728
or email her at:

Plant Perennials this Fall

The soil is still warm which encourages root growth and plants won't be stressed by severe heat or cold.  Roots will be more well established enabling them to handle harsh drying winds of spring and the heat of summer. 

When the same plant is planted in spring it gets a slow start due because the soil is cooler this time of year.  Those planted in fall  will be more established.  When summer finally arrives they will be better equipped to deal with heat and drought conditions.

Other important reasons to plant in fall: rainfall and fewer pest and disease problems.