Winter has finally passed and you know what that means — it is time to get your yard in order. Luckily, the Front Range weather is still trying to decide if it is going to act like spring weather or summer weather, so you still have time to get your yard in order before it is time for cookouts and playing catch in the yard.
As far as we are concerned, as your local Northern Colorado tree care provider, springtime is the most important time of the year to take a critical look at your yard and ask yourself what you can do to ensure that your trees and shrubs grow healthier and stronger. Because of this, we thought that it might be helpful to discuss a few of the tree care services that we offer in an effort to give you some ideas as to how you can best care for your yard.
Your Spring Tree Care Checklist
Here in Northern Colorado, there are a number of threats that can impact the healthy development and growth of the trees and shrubs in your yard. With the abundance of pests, diseases, and severe weather events that plague our community each year, it is important that you complete a brief inspection of your yard once or twice a year to see if there is anything that needs to be serviced. Below, your Loveland arborists here at Schra Tree Care, have made a quick checklist to help you as you inspect your Northern Colorado yard.
1. Inspect Your Trees And Shrubs
Over the long winter months, the trees and shrubs in your yard are subjected to severe weather. Now, even though most trees and shrubs are equipped with biological protections like dormancy to get them through the tough winter, they are still susceptible to damages.
After heavy snowfalls, speedy snow melts, and the torrential downpours of early spring, it is not uncommon for people to notice that their trees and shrubs have sustained some sort of damages. Drooping limbs, snapped limbs, and leaning trunks can all be sustained during the winter — and if any plants in your yard have become damaged, it is important that you contact your local Loveland tree care professionals to inspect the damaged trees or shrubs and determine the best course of action.
2. Prune Dead Branches
Above, we briefly touched on how trees and shrubs can become damaged during the long winter months — and it can happen in more ways than one. Sure, heavy snowfall and high winds are the two weather events that are most likely to damage the limbs of a tree or the branches of a shrub, but plants native and non-native to Northern Colorado are also often affected by the presence of pests or lingering disease.
If you notice branches or limbs that have begun to droop or some that are unable to produce the leaves that they once did each spring, it could be time to prune the branches before they completely die and become a fall hazard. If you are unsure what trees are truly in need of pruning or not, or if there are limbs that you cannot safely reach using your own tools, we suggest that you get in touch with us right away. As a tree services provider, here in Loveland, we have the tools and experience to help you maintain a happier and healthier yard.
3. Plant New Trees
If you have had to remove a tree in recent years, or even if you have a tree that needs to be removed right now, it is important that you plant new trees in place of them during the early summer months. Planting new trees earlier in the summer gives them a better chance to grow and establish their root systems before the next winter. In doing so, you can ensure that your new trees are at little to no risk of perishing during the dry fall and winter months.
4. Re-Mulch Around The Base Of Your Trees
Now, mulch is not a necessary addition to your springtime tree care checklist, but it is a valuable tool if you notice that your trees seem to be unhealthy or withering. Loveland, Fort Collins, and surrounding Northern Colorado communities are all located in what is referred to by the Köppen-Geiger Climate Classification as a dry-arid to dry semi-arid climate. Essentially, what this means is that, when compared to other places in the country, our area receives less precipitation over the course of a year. By applying mulch around the base of your trees or shrubs, you can reduce the surface temperature of the soil above their roots, ensuring that precipitation is held longer and is better absorbed by the root systems.
5. Deep Root Fertilization
All too often, people think that the only thing that they can do for the trees and shrubs in their yard is to prune them and water them often. At Schra Tree Care, we offer our Northern Colorado customers a better option. If you want to spend your summer doing things other than worrying about the health of the trees and shrubbery in your yard, we suggest contacting us and schedule a deep root fertilization treatment.
Deep root fertilization is specifically designed to give your trees and shrubs the nutrients that they will need to survive the erratic weather patterns that we experience on the Front Range. If you think that deep root fertilization sounds like a service that you are interested in, we urge you to contact us today!
Have Too Much On Your Plate? Let Us Complete Your Spring Checklist!
Look, we get it. You have a lot going on — and you might not have time to run through your spring tree service checklist on your own. But that is what we are here for!
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you maintain the health of your yard.