Tree Service Checklist For Spring And Fall
While most trees require year-round care, this is especially important in the spring and the fall, when the transition between hot and cold seasons is most extreme. While tree care in the spring is aimed at dealing with any damage that occurred over the winter and giving the tree the best chance possible for optimal growth over the warmer months, fall care involves preparing the tree so that it will be able to endure the coming challenges of winter. Here’s a look at the type of service and care that you can expect for your trees in these two critical seasons.
Tree Service Checklist for Spring
- Thorough inspection of trees: Trees can become damaged or diseased over the long winter months, so it’s important to have them inspected so any issues can be addressed promptly before they have time to get worse. At this time, a professional can determine whether any damaged trees can be treated or whether removal is needed.
- Inspection for signs of freeze damage: Low temperatures sustained over winter have a tendency to damage foliage on certain plant species. In the spring, damaged, brown, and dead leaves can be removed without negatively harming the plant.
- Spring fertilization: Trees typically need to be fertilized prior to entering peak growing season. Applying a slow release fertilizer at this time will replace soil nutrients lost over the winter and also improve tree resistance to such summertime challenges as extreme heat, drought, and insect infestation.
- Prune dead wood: To promote tree health, a springtime pruning is almost always recommended. Proper pruning in the spring removes unsafe branches that suffered damage from winter weather, as well as diseased wood that has the potential to cause problems for the rest of the tree. When done correctly, pruning will also encourage strong spring growth.
Tree Service Checklist for Fall
- Fall fertilization: Over the course of a hot summer, trees are bound to lose vital nutrients in the summer. Thus, often supplementation is needed to replace these nutrients so that the tree can continue to feed over the winter, which will improve its resistance to damage from disease, insects, and extreme weather. Usually a slow-release fertilizer is recommended.
- Thorough hydration: Fall is actually an important times for trees to be given a good, long drink before the winter months strike. Often, a soaker hose or drip irrigation systems is used to ensure that the trees’ roots have been thoroughly quenched.
- Protective mulch: Laying some mulch around the base of a tree helps to mitigate those temperature fluctuations commonly experienced in winter. In addition, mulch will help lock moisture in the soil to keep the tree well hydrated during the winter months.
- Preventative pruning: If a tree has weakened, broken, or rotting branches, it’s usually best to have these removed before winter. In the event of a heavy snowfall or ice storm, such branches may not be strong enough to withstand the added weight.
Trees lend beauty to any landscape while boosting property values, so proper care is important. By having your trees serviced on a biannual basis, you can ensure them a long and healthy life.