February 2018

The weather is finally warming up bringing in the promise of spring!  There are several things to do to make sure your trees and shrubs are healthy and ready to thrive this spring season!

  1. Check out your trees and shrubs.
    The winter can be brutal on your plants, with the rain and constant freezing.  Many trees encounter problems with severe weather or pests and bugs that have burrowed into the trunk and branches.  It’s important to inspect your trees for any signs of damage, and if there are any, contact an arborist immediately to assess the situation and get your tree healthy and thriving again.
  2. Time to prune!
    Spring is a great time to prune away any dead branches from your trees.  Dead branches can cause stress on the healthy branches and prohibit new growth.  There are proper ways to prune your trees for optimal health and growth, and for any questions, contact a gardener or an arborist.
  3. Plants new trees.
    Spring is the perfect time to plant new trees in your yard.  Plant trees in a good location with plenty of sunlight, not too close to other trees, and make sure to water and feed your new sprout.  Planting trees is not only great for the environment, but more trees on your property can increase the value.
  4. Mulch your landscape.
    Mulching new plants and trees anchors and supports them for healthy growth.  It traps in moisture that the trees needs and can help against unwanted plants stealing important nutrients.
  5. Fertilize.
    Replace the nutrients that your plants may have lost during the harsh winter by adding organic fertilizer to the ground around your plants and trees.  This will help nourish and protect your plants from bugs, fungus, and extreme weather.

How do you plan on preparing your yard for the spring?

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It’s important to take care of the trees on your property.  Not only are they good for the environment and our air quality, but trees can increase your property value.  If you are observant, you may be able to help your sick tree before it’s too late.

Trees will normally have telltale signs that it is sick.  It’s good to be able to visually inspect your tree for any abnormalities.  Some of the most common visual cues are:

  • The roots are severed, or have a lot of fungi growing on them.
  • The ground is heaving upwards.
  • The trunk’s bark is peeling or loose.
  • The trunk is split or has large cracks.
  • The trunk is swelling in certain places.
  • The trunk has holes, or cavities.
  • The wood is very soft.
  • The tree is not producing any leaves.
  • The leaves have dark spots or are odd colored.
  • The branches are lean and leaning.

If you see one or more of these issues with your tree, it could be a sign that something serious is wrong with your tree.  Dark spots, or discoloration on your leaves could be a sign of leaf disease.  Holes and cavities in the wood may be a pest and insect problem.  Your tree could also have a serious infection.

When you suspect that there is something wrong with your tree, you should call a licensed arborist to come out and inspect the tree.  Sick trees can infect other trees on your property, so it’s best to contact someone as soon as you see any signs of illness.  A professional arborist can help treat the disease, or safely remove the tree from your property.