As the weather gets warmer and the trees start to blossom there’s no better time than now to get outside and prepare your trees for Spring. Proper preparation allows your trees and plants to flourish, thrive and achieve their full potential.
Have a look at our top Springtime tree care tips to and learn how to check the condition and health of your trees and avoid any future damage.
Inspect and Collect
Inspecting your trees in the early spring is necessary for their general health. Winter brings extreme weather such as sleet, snow and rain all of which do damage to your trees and shrubs.
To prevent disease and fungal growth, start by using a rake to collect and remove any debris.
A few common kinds of lawn waste and debris that present a problem for homeowners include:
- Grass clippings
- Tree stumps, twigs, and branches
- Rocks and stones
Check for Pests
While cleaning and inspecting your trees, keep an eye out for any pests or signs of disease. Signs of pests will vary from tree to tree and the type of infestation. One of the first visible signs of pests will show on the leaves. Symptoms of an infestation are also shown on leaves,bark, branches and twigs.
Here are a few signs that your tree will show if it is infested:
- Leaves: check for damage, discoloration, sudden thinning foliage, borer holes, and abnormal leaf sizes.
- Branches & trunk: check for branch growth, if growth is less than previous years there may be a disease or pest present.
Check for Disease
Now it’s time to check for any signs of disease to your trees and plants. First, check for discolored leaves,excessive leaf loss, soft spots, open wounds, and fungi. These are all signs your tree may need to be treated. If you see any cracks in the branches or trunk, this is a sign of serious structural problems and a professional assistance is needed.
If your tree is having health issues, fertilization is likely an important part of getting that tree back into tip top shape. First, be sure that the problem causing the tree to be unhealthy has been resolved. If you have questions on how to fertilize your landscape properly contact your local arborist for help.
Water Your Trees
Springtime brings warmer weather, allowing your soil to thaw. This makes it a great season to start watering your trees to encourage good leaf and shoot development. Begin this spring by watering your trees approximately three times per month at a very slow rate. This allows the maximum penetration of water into the soil and into the roots.
Planting New Trees
As the weather gets warmer and the soil gets softer the perfect time to look after your existing trees, but it also provides the perfect opportunity to plant new ones. For expert advice on where when and how to plant a new tree -link.
Spring Ahead of Your Tree Maintenance
If you want your trees and plants to stay healthy and vibrant we recommend incorporating these basic tree care tips into your annual gardening routine to keep your trees and plants in a healthy condition. Sign up for our newsletter for tree care tips for every season!