May 08, 2019

Spring Tree Care

Spring tree care is crucial to the health and wellness of your trees; by boosting its nutrients and strength, trees are sure to have a healthy growing season. We wanted to share a couple items that should be tackled to keep trees healthy during spring time.

Post-Winter Cleanup

Remove twigs, leaves, and other detritus that may have accumulated beneath and around trees. Also note that raking up old leaves or fallen fruit can help protect the tree from any diseases or fungi that might be lingering. Warmer weather also signals the time to remove any protective plastic or coverings you may have had in place during the cold winter months.

Tree Inspection

Look for obvious signs of tree disease, including:

  • Broken branches
  • Holes
  • Molds
  • Fungi

Also notice which branches do not put out blossoms or leaves—these are likely dead and ready to be pruned away. Discoloration is another clue that something may be amiss. For example, some plants will turn yellow if they receive too much water. Lastly, when melting snow and rainfall occur simultaneously, your landscape may encounter standing water and/or flood damage. Pay close attention to critical risk trees!

Plant New Trees

Spring is a good time to add trees to your property, as their roots will have enough time to dig in before scorching summer temperatures hit. Additionally, trees bring dozens of benefits to your home or business-like reducing noise levels, stabilizing soil, and giving wildlife a place to perch. Trees also increase property values while decreasing energy costs. Lastly, trees clean the air and help you breathe. They don’t just absorb CO2, they also absorb odors and pollutants. Did you know that trees are estimated to absorb nearly 10 pounds of polluted air each year and release 260 pounds of oxygen?

Add Mulch

Mulch secures the organic matter trees need beneath the soil surface. Mulch also serves a variety of other purposes like:

  • A protective cooling agent during the hottest, driest parts of the year
  • Helps trees retain moisture
  • Minimizes weed growth

Trees that are fewer than 10 years old should definitely be mulched, but trees of all ages benefit from mulching. Just be sure to leave a clear space right around the trunk; otherwise, damaging disease will have an easy foothold.

Water & Fertilize

Once the soil has thawed, water your trees to keep their soil moist on dry days. Trees need a good amount of water throughout the growing season. Short and constant watering stunts deep root growth, so a slow flow of water for longer periods at the base of a tree will provide you with the best results. Watering throughout the summer is also vital to a tree’s establishment.

Additionally, fertilization can be done in the spring months. Before your trees and shrubs enter peak growing season, apply a slow-release fertilizer to not only replace nutrients, but also to improve plants’ resistance to damage from diseases, insects and stressful weather.

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