Arborists give tips for caring for your trees in the fall

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Fall colors are finally here.

Even though trees seem to thrive on their own, they still need a little extra help.

All trees–even the 100-year-old maple tree in your yard–need water.

Especially during the dry fall season.

Local arborists say trees need an inch of water twice a week and they have a clever trick to keep track.

“You can do that by running your sprinkler and taking a tuna can and putting that out by the tree and running it until it fills up to about an inch,” said Arborist Hayden Hess.

Hess recommends evenly watering the base of your tree, so all the roots get water.

Do this consistently–until the ground starts to freeze around mid-November.