What You Need To Know About Spring Tree Care
- April 30, 2019
March 20th marks the first day of Spring, but did you know that your tree may already be active? With warmer weather in March and April trees in Colorado Springs begin to become active long before you see any leaves or new growth.
Here are some tips for spring tree care.
Tip #1: Inspect
Before we do anything we need to take a good look at our trees. Inspect for any damaged branches. Look for insect or pest damage, voles can chew through the bark at the base of a tree. Also, remove any wrap that was placed on the trunk before winter. Remove any damaged branches immediately. This is also a great time to remove any leaves or other debris from around the tree.
Tip # 2 Fertilize
If you did not fertilize your trees in the fall then now is the time. As the soil warms up the tree will be searching the soil for these nutrients. Any fertilizer will perform much better with moisture in the soil, so make sure you are watering accordingly for the time of year. Check out our watering guidelines for trees.
Tip # 3 Treat for insects, pest and disease
Many treatment options are specific for a certain disease, insect or pest and so should be timed correctly to prevent damage to your landscape. That is why having a professional arborist on your team is such a value. On our Tree Care Program we will provide the correct services based on your specific landscape plants at the correct time. This time of year we start spraying for any boring insects, they will cause damage by boring into the vascular tissue of the tree. Depending on the type of borer this can be cause extensive damage and/or destroy the tree.
Tip # 4 Water
Newly planted trees along with mature trees all need water. While spring snow storms are often great for the lawn and small shrubs, they don’t always do the trick with watering trees. Most of our trees will uptake moisture at a depth of 6′-10′ into the soil. But lots of factors can affect this, a couple being the amount of mulch around the tree. Then the soil type, compacted soils may have more shallow feeding roots. Some soils retain much more water than other and need to be monitored for moisture. These are all important factors to consider when we are watering our trees. For tips on watering make sure to check out our tree watering guidelines.
Top # 5 Mulch
Most trees and landscape plants are going to benefit from a layer of organic mulch. But too much mulch can cause problems of it’s own. A good rule of thumb is 3-4 inches of mulch. Often times you may even be able to fluff your current mulch that has been packed down over the winter. One of the most important things to avoid is a mulch VOLCANO around the base of your tree. Always keep any mulch away from the base of your trees.
Make sure to call us if you have any questions or want to make sure that your trees going to continue to add value to your landscape and home.