Tips for Preparing Your Trees for Spring

March 6, 2018 10:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that most people don’t do much to take care of their trees. It makes sense, right? The trees take care of themselves. Trees were taking care of themselves before people were taking care of them—we get that. But we’re tree lovers, and because we’re tree lovers, we don’t just want to see our trees survive—we want to see them thrive! We want to watch them explode with growth each year. If you’re like us, here are three simple tips for preparing your trees for spring so you can enjoy the explosion of growth that follows.

A little tree pruning ahead of spring will free your trees to grow!

Spring and fall tend to be times of new growth for your trees. In spring, much of the growth is in the limbs, and in the fall, much of the growth is in the roots. In both seasons, the cause of growth stems mostly from an increase in moisture and precipitation. That increase in moisture also means it’s better to do your tree pruning in Mount Airy, MD ahead of time, in the later parts of your tree’s dormancy period in winter, so that your tree has time to heal its wounds before the spring rains start up.

All that extra moisture, while good for the tree, is also good for any mold, fungus or rot trying to grow and thrive. Your tree’s pruning wounds will make it more susceptible to these harmful forces. This is why it is important not to perform tree pruning on too much of the tree, and to try to focus only on cutting back already dead or damaged limbs. These limbs inhibit growth, and also likely open the tree up to infection, just like an open wound would.

How much mulch is too much mulch?

Mulching around your trees each spring can be an excellent way of helping keep your trees healthy and maximizing their growth. Mulch collects moisture, helps work rich organic material back into the soil and protects the ground around your tree from getting too hot or too cold. Pile around three or four inches of mulch around your tree, being careful not to pile it up against the trunk of the tree, and your trees will stay nourished all spring.

As always, it’s all about the roots

The best way of keeping your roots healthy in the spring is to fertilize the soil around your tree. A tree’s roots mine the soil for nutrients to feed the whole tree. The health of the roots, as well as the tree, is heavily dependent on the quality and quantity of necessary nutrients in your soil. Adding a little fertilizer makes a big difference, especially in younger trees.

Call for tree pruning in Mount Airy, MD

If you’re looking for a tree pruning service in Mount Airy, MD to help your trees thrive this spring, we hope you’ll consider calling the team at Stabler Tree & Crane Services. We’ve been the leading tree pruning and trimming service in Mount Airy for over 30 years. Give us a call today to learn more!

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