Spring is almost here! When the winter weather begins to fade and temperatures start to climb, it is important to keep tree care in mind. Doing some simple tree maintenance in your area can have a big impact on the trees in your area. To help your greenery thrive this spring, consider putting a few of the following best practices into action!
Clean Your Yard
The first step in spring tree care is doing a quick yard cleanup. This means removing tree wraps or other protective features you may have used during the winter. Raking and cleaning up the surrounding area is also pertinent. This prevents the emergence of tree diseases that wintered over in the fallen foliage.
Prune Toward The End Of Winter
The final weeks of winter are an ideal time to prune deciduous plants. This is the best time for pruning because the harshest winter conditions have passed but spring buds haven’t started to bloom yet. When you prune during this time of year, you can foster growth in the months to come. As an added bonus, you’ll be able to easily identify which branches are viable and which aren’t. You will also be able to remove any potentially dangerous branches and shape your tree for its future growth trajectory.
Mulch Around Trees
Mulching in the late winter and early spring is a great way to help trees thrive. Mulching is the process of spreading organic materials such as wood chips, grass clippings, and compost in your garden. Doing this in the area surrounding your trees enriches the soil, helps trees retain water, reduces weeds, and more. Best practices for mulching include:
- Spreading mulch around your tree with a radius between three and ten feet, depending on how large your tree is
- Applying your mulch about two to three inches deep surrounding your tree
- Do not let mulch touch the base of your tree
Inspect Your Trees When The Weather Gets Warmer
Running through a quick inspection checklist to ensure there are no signs of disease or damage is another best practice for taking your trees through a smooth transition from winter to spring. A few signs to keep an eye out for include:
- Broken or hanging branches
- Trees that seem hollow or have cavities with decay
- Changes in degree of lean
If trees in your area display these signs or if you are unsure whether or not your tree poses a threat to the surrounding area, contact an arborist. Washington Tree Experts is happy to perform a tree evaluation and advise the best plan of action for your situation.
Add Some New Trees To Your Space
If you’re an avid gardener or are interested in adding some foliage to your home and neighborhood, spring is a great time to plant new trees. Planting them sooner will enable these trees to have ample time to grow before they reach the hot summer months. If you are interested in planting trees in your neighborhood and would like some advice from an arborist, we’re here to help. Our team is happy to assist with species choice, planting, best practices for maintenance, and more.
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