Why Preparing Trees Is ImportantWe all want our yards and homes to look nice. Trees play an important role, not just aesthetically, but environmentally. They provide homes for birds and other creatures, they provide oxygen and shade, and they also prevent soil erosion. If trees are not properly cared for, they can become pest infested, lose large limbs which could damage nearby structures and even uproot. Taking care of our trees prevents disaster and keeps them looking healthy year round.
Steps For Spring Preparation
Preparing your trees is very similar to preparing your yard for spring. Most of it is simple maintenance, but a professional can help make sure things are done correctly if you need assistance. Following these tips will keep your trees happy and save you from unexpected expenses.
Water trees thoroughly, especially those near sidewalks, roads, or driveways that have been treated with salt over the winter. For young trees, water closely to the trunk. For older trees, water in a wider circle since the roots of the tree are much more established and farther away from the trunk.
Remove Branches and Limbs
Remove dead or damaged branches and limbs. Prune trees to maintain the right size and shape. This also ensures proper air flow and light for the tree.
Rake leaves and other debris surrounding the tree. This allows roots to do their job efficiently. While some leaves break down and aid in nutrition, others may carry disease or fungus.
Protect and Treat
Protect and treat trees from fungal diseases and pests. Have an arborist take a look at trees to determine and treat any problems as soon as possible.
Mulch around the base of trees. Mulch retains moisture, protects from scorching heat and prevents weeds. It also prevents equipment such as lawnmowers from inflicting damage to roots or tree trunks.