As winter slowly draws to an end, it is time to start thinking about your trees and shrubs — and more importantly what you can do to ensure their healthy transition into the warmer summer months.
Here in the Northern Colorado area, our winters are particularly mild. That said, we still experience plenty of cooling trends and storms that have had a negative effect on your yard’s tree and shrub health. Luckily, Schra Tree Care is here to help.
As a full-service Loveland arborist, our tree services are specifically tailored to help your trees and shrubs recover from the winter season. So if you suspect that your trees and shrubs could use the extra help this spring, we urge you to contact us to schedule a tree care consultation.
Continue reading as we discuss our spring tree care checklist — the five steps that you’ll need to take towards a happier, and healthier yard.
Inspect Your Plants
As soon as the spring thaw is over, it is important that you inspect your trees and shrubs for signs of strain or damages that have been caused by cold weather and frost. Cracks in the inner and outer bark, discoloration, and inability to create new growth are all signs that your tree or shrub has been damaged.
If you suspect that a tree of shrub ion your property has been damaged during the winter months, contact a member of our team to schedule a tree inspection. One of our certified arborists would be happy to come to visit and assess the damages, as well as provide you with a tree care solution.
Prune Dead Branches
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for tree branches to die during the winter months. Some are damaged from frost and intense cold temperatures while others are damaged because they are unable to respond to the heating and cooling trends that we experience in the Loveland area.
Pruning should always be done by a certified arborist. While it seems simple enough to do yourself, improper pruning techniques can be dangerous to the person pruning the tree and the tree itself. That said, our certified tree care specialists would be happy to help.
Plant New Trees
Once the ground has thawed and become receptive to digging once again, it is time to plant any new trees that you might want in your yard. After the ground has thawed it is important to get your new trees planted right away so that they can spend as much time of the growing season establishing their roots and promoting new growth before the next winter season.
If you would like more information about planting new trees we urge you to speak with a member of our team or check out our existing blog posts for more information.
Mulch Your Landscape
Adding mulch under your trees and shrubs is a great way to secure organic matter under the surface and to retain moisture. Additionally, mulching can be used as a way to suppress the growth of weeds — something that we have a feeling all Loveland homeowners could appreciate.
Mulch can be found at a variety of garden centers and construction material stores and is very easy to install. Additionally, you may be able to kill two birds with one stone if you have existing branches than need trimming on your property, as our team could prune and mulch the branches all in one job.
Fertilize Your Plants
Last, but certainly not least, it is time to give your trees and plants the nutrients that they need to grow efficiently. Fertilizing plants with surface products and fertilizing trees with deep root fertilization will allow the plants to acquire the nutrients that they have not received all winter — in turn growing stronger and more resistant to stress and pests.
If you have questions about fertilization products and techniques or if you would like to schedule a fertilization appointment with our certified arborists, we urge you to contact us today.
Contact Schra Tree Care Today!
If you have any questions about our spring tree care checklist, or if you would like to know more about our tree care services, we urge you to contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.