Spring is quickly approaching, and it’s time to start thinking about getting your trees ready for the upcoming season. Whether you’re a first-time tree owner or a seasoned one, this checklist will provide guidance and knowledge. Continue reading for the top tips to prepare your trees for spring.
Take Time To Prune
The ideal time to prune your trees is in the spring. The greenery has been dormant for a couple of months, and the branches won’t contain a significant number of leaves. These reasons make it easier to prune, and you won’t have to worry about pesky bugs and pests.
Pruning is important because it removes all the dead diseased and dead branches. This process allows the alive and well limbs to grow and flourish without crowding. While you’re pruning, check the health of your trees by checking for fungus or damage to ensure they look ready for the season.
If you have large, established trees, consider leaving the pruning process to the professionals. They’ll be able to handle the height safely. Plus, they’ll have the proper equipment to tackle the job.
Clean Around the Trees
Ensure you’ve removed all holiday decor from the trees because lights wrapped around the trunk can harm the tree’s growth. Springtime is also the best time to weed around the trees. Take time to remove all the weeds, leaves, and sticks that clog the area around the trees.
Add a New Layer of Mulch
Cold weather dries out the soil, so mulch is a helpful way to give moisture back to your trees. It will protect against weeds and retain water instead of allowing it to escape. Each tree needs a three to four-inch layer of mulch around the base.
Ensure the mulch goes around the base of the trees and not up the trunk. A “mulch volcano” can harm your trees, even killing them. To avoid this disaster, be sure you can see the trunk flare after laying the mulch.
Give Your Trees a Drink
The weather will begin warming up, and you want to ensure your trees have enough water during this season. They are thirsty after winter and will need thorough watering throughout spring. Water the trees deeply instead of frequently. The deeper the water goes, the more likely the trees are to retain moisture.
Each tree will need a different watering process. For established trees and ones that are a few years old, don’t water them on or next to the trunk. Water in a wide circle to ensure their established roots can soak up the moisture. This process will protect them from disease and keep them healthier. Water younger trees close to the trunk because their roots haven’t expanded.
Remember that tree maintenance is a year-round job, but these tips will ensure your trees are ready for the spring. You’ll happily see them growing strong and mighty throughout the seasons.