Spring Tree Care
A well-kept tree can add an exceptional touch to the look of your yard in the spring. Whether you’re looking to accentuate the beauty of your dogwood or sugar maple tree, a tree can be the centerpiece of your outdoor space. However, to ensure your trees last for many years, there are some steps to take when practicing adequate tree care. If you’re looking to prepare your tree for the spring season, here are some tips to get started:
Get an Inspection
It’s hard to have a beautiful tree if it isn’t in good health. For this reason, it’s beneficial to have a certified arborist inspect your tree for any health issues. For example, your tree’s roots may not have any more room to expand, or your soil may be compacted and not able to carry nutrients to your tree, contributing to diminishing health. An arborist can take a look at your tree and diagnose these issues so that a solution can be created to deal with the problem.
Prune and Trim Your Tree
Have the branches on your tree gotten a bit too long? If so, we can teach you where to prune and trim the limbs of your tree. Pruning allows you to increase its attractiveness, but it also can prevent further problems because you might also be removing diseased and damaged limbs that could impact the entire health of the tree. If you’re not comfortable handling this part of tree care, you can hire an experienced team like ours to take care of the problem.
Keep an Eye on Soil Moisture
Adequate soil moisture can contribute to the health of tree roots. Each tree is different and requires different amounts of moisture. The moisture keeps surface roots from forming and ensures that the proper nutrients reach these trees, adding to the tree’s overall health. We recommend researching the amount of watering your tree needs so that it gets what it needs while avoiding being overwatered.
Get Rid of the Pests
Spring usually enjoys the first sign of warmth, which means that pests will start emerging and might begin seeking some additional shelter — primarily in your tree. We recommend protecting your tree from pests that can eat away at its structure and wear it down over time. Signs that you may have a pest problem include leaf discoloration, holes in the leaves or trunk, or branches being smaller than they were the previous year. We have certified arborists that are prepared to create a pest control strategy.
Feed Your Tree
Did you know that trees need food, too? Well, they do. One of the best ways to feed your tree is by providing it with proper fertilization. During the colder winter months, a tree can be depleted of its nutrients. You can combat this issue by fertilizing the soil around your tree to ensure that nutrients reach the roots. A well-fertilized tree is likely a healthy one that can fight off diseases and withstand the elements.
Change Out Your Mulch
Do you want to ensure that your tree fully benefits from the impact of the water and fertilization you apply to it? You can by spreading mulch around the base of your tree. Mulch seals in the nutrients and moisture. Once mulch breaks down, it can facilitate the continuous movement of nutrients throughout your tree’s root system. However, it should be noted that applying too much mulch can cancel out the benefits.
The correct care can have your tree looking its best during the spring months. And while DIY is a great option, teams like ours are here if you need more help preserving your tree. Whether you want to assess the tree’s health or trim and prune any damaged branches, our team is here to help. You can start the process by scheduling a consultation today!