Part of what makes trees so great is that they’re usually low-maintenance. As opposed to most plants and flowers, trees take care of themselves for the most part. Notice we said ‘for the most part.’ Now is the time of year where trees could use a little extra attention and assistance. Keep reading for five spring tree care tips.
- Mulch – Keep in mind that a layer of mulch not only helps the soil retain moisture but also suppresses weeds. If you have a particularly young or mature tree, a three-inch thick layer of mulch can work wonders. One more tip here: Avoid having any mulch around the trunk, as this helps give diseases an easy point of access.
- Water – Are your trees located in spots where deicing materials were used during the winter? If so, then it’s a good idea to deeply water these areas. The last thing you want is for those salt-laden materials to get down into the tree roots and cause havoc. One other step here is to check your sprinkler system. Do you notice any puddling around trees? Then make it a point to adjust sprinkler heads accordingly before turning on the system for the first time.
- Prune/trim – There’s no question that winter is the best time to prune trees. That said, feel free to remove any dead, damaged, or broken branches the next time you’re out in the yard. Don’t go crazy with tree trimming or pruning, though. Excessive removal of limbs can ultimately shorten the lifespan of some species. If you have any doubts as to whether branches are dead or damaged, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a certified arborist.
- Inspect for pests and diseases – Did you know that there are more than 50 diseases that can plague trees? Some can be caused by improper care while others are the result of pests and fungi. In the springtime, tree diseases are fairly easy to spot because the leaves tend to become discolored. Our tree doctor recommends paying close attention to how some blossoms or leaves look different from when you remember them in the past. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to further educate yourself on plant and tree disease.
- Contact a tree service – You can research tree health for hours on end and still not have the answer for your situation. That’s where our Northern Colorado arborist comes into play. For more than three decades, Schra has been Loveland’s choice for premier tree care. What sets us apart is that we understand the particular growth patterns and nutritive needs of Colorado’s urban forest. You can count on us to closely inspect your tree and come up with the safest, most effective treatment plan. Here at Schra, we do so much more besides tree trimming and tree removal.
We have a passion for protecting the beauty and longevity of trees in this state. Contact Schra Tree Care today to schedule an initial consultation.