It’s hard to believe, but many tree care companies are already engaging in conversations concerning the arrival of spring. They look forward to once again being out on properties to provide education and services to their customers. While SavATree is your trusted source for all your deciduous and conifer tree care needs throughout the growing season, there are things homeowners can and should be doing to help with spring tree care.
Inspect Your Trees
Homeowners know their properties better than anyone, right down to the most minute details. Because of this reality, homeowners should spend some time surveying their property in early March, preferably when the weather is sunny and clear.
Look for broken branches, which could become safety hazards and liabilities, and schedule professional tree pruning services with SavATree before the growing season begins. Also, if you notice anything unusual on the tree’s surface (more noticeable when no leaves are present), mention it to your arborist during your yearly scheduled service.
Yard clean-up after the winter months is an unenviable chore for many homeowners as Mother Nature can be somewhat unkempt in the off-season. But beyond the aesthetics of a beautifully clean yard, if debris isn’t removed from the base of your trees – such as dead branches, leaves, and other organic matter – it could become an ideal location for fungal growth. Therefore, spend a Saturday afternoon doing a little spring tree care by removing all dead leaves, fruit, and twigs from beneath your trees so they’ll thrive come the spring.
Mulching around trees is a great way to help retain soil moisture, especially in drought-prone areas of the country, while suppressing the growth of unsightly weeds. Mulch is essential for younger trees as they’re often more stressed before reaching maturity. A layer of mulch three to five inches deep is recommended and should be
replenished as needed. Remember, don’t bury the tree’s trunk, which could encourage fungal growth. Instead, leave two to three inches around the tree’s base completely bare when applying mulch.
Watering your trees in the winter months can be challenging if you live in parts of the country where the ground often freezes. However, as trees emerge from dormancy, water is necessary for spring tree care to encourage leaf and shoot development as the temperatures warm. A weekly deep root watering for about 20 or 30 minutes is recommended. Always check with your local municipality for any current water restrictions in your area.
For tree fertilization, pruning, cabling and bracing, disease and insect management, and other types of spring tree care, contact one of SavATree’s knowledgeable arborists, who can make the necessary recommendations for optimal health and tree growth come the spring and well into the future.