Even though winter can last for many months in some areas it will eventually leave. When it does, you need to get your trees ready for the upcoming warmer months. This will ensure better growth and healthy trees. Below are three tips on how you can do this.
Have a Clean Up
Over the winter there may be debris left behind. This could be debris from dead leaves falling from trees, branches falling, sticks, and wildlife may have left behind some debris. Make it a family chore and have everyone pick up your yard until it is clean.
While cleaning look for weeds around your trees. If you see any, dig them up. Pulling the weeds will not work as the entire root must also be removed or the weed will grow back. There are tools you can purchase at a garden center made to remove weeds and roots. This is important, as weeds compete with water and nutrients that should go to the trees.
The best time to trim trees is the beginning of spring while your trees are still dormant. Hire a tree trimming service to do this for you to ensure it is done correctly. This also makes it easier for the tree trimming service because the tree has fewer leaves, and the contractor can see better where they need to trim. This also allows them to see if there are pests or diseases on the trunk or branches so the tree can be treated properly.
When trimming all diseased and dead branches are removed. They will remove branches that are crisscrossed as these will not grow well. The tree canopy will be thinned out if it is too thick. This is important since when it rains, not enough water can get through the thick canopy to provide your trees with water.
Water Your Trees
Your trees may need a good drink of water once spring arrives, then water once per week for the first few weeks of spring if you do not get rain. Trees should be watered deeply so the water can get down to the roots. You can do this by installing a sprinkler system. You could also lay a hose by the tree and let the water run. Once you start seeing runoff, you can turn the hose off.
Keep a close eye on young trees since they may need more water than established trees. It will take these trees a couple of years to become established and be able to handle droughts on their own.
The tree service contractor you hire can give you more tips on giving your trees a healthy start this spring. Reach out to a company such as AC Horticultural Management Inc. to learn more.