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.
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.
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.
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 cause extensive damage and/or destroy the tree.
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, including 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 others 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.
Most trees and landscape plants are going to benefit from a layer of organic mulch. But too much mulch can cause problems of its 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.
During this challenging time, we wanted to take a moment to let our valued customers and community know that we are taking any necessary steps to ensure your safety and the safety of our team members. Our office team will be working from home for the foreseeable future. Our technicians in the field are equipped with soap and water to wash hands on a regular basis. We have also taken the necessary action to keep our trucks and office clean and sanitized at all times. Our team will be following the CDC guidelines to include frequent hand washing, limiting proximity to sick individuals and being aware of any symptoms they may have. We will continue to operate our normal business hours.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone affected by this virus.
The Integrated Lawn Care Family