With spring coming, you're probably starting spring cleaning for your home, but have you thought about the trees around your property? It's not a common thing to think of, but most tree specialists in the Chesapeake area know that spring is the perfect time not just to clean house, but to properly maintain your trees for a summertime of growth. Here's what you should do to help prepare your trees for the summer:

Conduct an Inspection of Your Yard

Anytime you're caring for your trees, you should start by inspecting the tree and its surroundings to identify what you need to focus on first. In the spring, it's important to look for things like:

  • ● Deadwood
  • ● Damaged branches
  • ● Frostbite
  • ● Lesions
  • ● Fungus

Make sure that these get handled as quickly as possible so that your trees are set up for a successful growing season.

Prune Dead Branches and Trim Weak Branches

Wintertime puts trees through harsh conditions that kill or weakens the limbs of a tree. It's essential to prune your trees whenever you notice that the branches of your tree are broken, dead, or otherwise diseased. During the spring, it's important to make sure that branches are correctly pruned because pruning helps your tree grow in a way that's balanced and unlikely to cause problems later in the season. Tree trimming is used to cut away the branches of your tree that were damaged over the winter and might take away some of the important nutrients that your tree needs to grow.

Mulch, Fertilize, and Check Water Levels

Your trees need nutrients, not just to make sure they grow, but to protect them from damage and disease. By using fertilizer and mulch, you're replenishing the nutrients that it might have lost throughout the fall and winter. Replacing these nutrients will help the tree grow and resist disease, fungus growth, and infestations of pests.

Checking your soil's water levels also helps protect your trees from damage. This requires more than quickly looking at the soil around your trees or prodding the area around the base of your tree. You should aim to measure water levels four to six inches below the surface. Having adequate water this deep helps the tree's roots to grow strong and deep, rather than remaining on the surface where a windstorm could easily rip them up. If you're not sure where to begin your springtime tree care routine or want to find a company in the Chesapeake area that provides tree maintenance service, give Tarzan Tree Service a call. We can help set your trees up for a successful spring and summer.

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