When spring time rolls around, most of us dive into yard care and landscaping, but often forget that the trees we rely on for shade also need a little extra TLC. Spending a few minutes caring for your trees this spring will help ensure they remain healthy and beautiful all year round. All you have to do is follow these few simple steps.
The bulk of spring tree care consists of pruning your trees. There are several reasons why it’s important to do this, including:
- To encourage new growth
- To help the tree maintain a shape that compliments your yard’s landscape
- Removes damaged, hazardous, or diseased parts of the tree
- To prevent disease from spreading to other sections of the tree
- Pruning encourages fruit production
Tree care experts recommend pruning your lawns trees sometime after the coldest part of winter has passed, but before the sap starts to flow.
If you’re not pruning your trees so that they take a particular shape, you’ll want to prune back branches that show signs of crossing over one another, branches that are rubbing together, branches that look weak, branches that show signs of disease or are damaged, and any that are outgrowing their partners. Pruning provides you with the perfect opportunity to remove unwanted or strangely shaped branches, suckers, and waterspouts. Prune any branches that are growing close to, or over structures.
If the tree is near power lines, consult your utility company before pruning the tree.
The one exception to the late winter/early springtime pruning rule is spring time blooming trees, like the Magnolia or Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum tree. If you have a spring bloomer in your yard, don’t prune it until the flowers fade.
Pick up a few bags of compost or wood mulch, and spread it around the tree's base really good. The spring mulching provides your lawns trees with the nutrients they need for the entire year. Spread the mulch so it’s about three inches deep, and with a 1” gap between the mulch and the trunk.
Throughout the year, inspect your trees for signs of disease, damage, or pests. The easiest way to deal with these issues, is immediately removing the impacted portion of the tree.
Hurst Farm Supply has the chainsaws, pruners, and hand trimmers needed to complete this task. Contact Hurst Farm Supply if you have questions about our tree care supplies, and come see us today to pick up yours!