It’s easy to overlook your trees during the winter because they usually require less care than the rest of your property. But, you can’t completely ignore the needs of your trees! If you haven’t gotten started on your spring tree care preparations yet, you’re in luck! Punxsutawney Phil, the hundred-year-old groundhog, saw his shadow predicting another six weeks of winter for 2018. That gives you time to get ready for prepping your trees for the spring. Here are some things you should do to your trees for the upcoming warmer months.
- Deep Root Fertilization: This is the process of injecting a mix of fertilizer and tree nutrients directly into the root base of the tree using high-pressure equipment. This process promotes tree heath by improving the soil around the tree and reducing soil compaction, which can suffocate your tree. Deep root fertilization allows trees to get the necessary fertilization they need right into their roots, allowing roots to expand and making the tree more stable. By doing this, your trees will be able to better withstand tree diseases, insects, and drought.
- Tree Pruning: Pruning is the opportunity to remove the dead branches or damaged limbs from your tree. It promotes stable growth throughout the spring, and is often done before springtime growth begins because it allows the tree to heal and recover lost nutrients and energy. Proper pruning will protect your trees from the branches that suffered damage during the winter.
- Mulch Your Landscape: Mulching is one of the most beneficial practices you can use for sustainable tree health. Mulching conserves soil moisture, reduces potential damage from mowers, controls weeds, and secures the organic matter beneath the soil’s surface that trees need to grow. But, you want to be careful with how much mulch you’re putting down. You don’t want it to be touching the tree base at all. Too much mulch can actually hinder tree growth, so be sure to consult with a certified arborist for more information about mulching applications.
- Inspect Your Trees: Now is a good time to inspect your trees from top to bottom. Look out for any damage from ice or snow. Look for small holes or decay in the tree trunks and inspect them for any signs of insect infestation or disease. If you still have any remaining holiday lighting or decorations on or around your trees, now is a good time to free your branches. You should also clean all the debris that has been collecting under your trees such as leaves, twigs, or fallen fruits.
Preparing your trees now will help them have a beautiful blossom once the spring arrives. If you need help prepping your trees for spring, contact Jones Road Tree Service. We can customize a more tailored approach for taking care of your property.