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How to Treat Your Trees Now That Spring Has Sprung

When Joyce Kilmer wrote his now famous poem, “Trees,” in 1913, the words he wrote enchanted all arborists and lovers of trees. There really is nothing lovelier than a tree when it has been treated with tender loving care. Your trees braved the cold, harsh winds, ice and snow in the colder climates.

How to Treat Your Trees Now That Spring Has Sprung

Climate Matters

Even in warmer climates the winter months can drench trees with too much humidity and moisture. By the time spring has sprung your trees look tired, colorless, and exhausted of vital nutrients that make trees look their best. The younger the age of the tree, the more in need of attention and care it requires. When spring arrives, remove the protective coverings around the trunks of young trees. Check the limbs for any broken or damaged branches, twigs, and dead foliage. Remove these so new growth is encouraged.

After the last frost, it’s okay to turn over the protective mulch at the base of trees and if necessary, remove mulch and replace it. Late spring is a good time to provide some type of fertilizer like, 5-10-5 which is fairly mild and won’t cause tree shock.

Help for Old Trees

The taller and wider the trunk of a tree is, the more care it needs. When possible, prune away any dead branches. Some companies, like Garwood Tree Services, know that spring is the ideal opportunity for tree trimming. If the trees are too tall, feel free to contact a tree specialist who has a cherry picker bucket that can reach the top most branches. If you plan to trim the tree yourself, make sure you know where and how to cut back branches and foliage. In most cases, cut limbs on a diagonal. If the limbs seep any sap, cover with tree gauze or wax to avoid serious damage. Older trees also need a bit of gentle fertilizer such as 10-10-10. Fertilize before sun up and at twilight to avoid fertilizer burn.

How to Judge Moisture Needs

One other word of caution is to add water judiciously if you live in an area where spring rains are heavy If this is the case, you may want to invest in a gardening root cover to prevent tree roots from soaking up too much moisture. These covers also work well in spring climates where temperatures can change from warm to very cold and back again.

When you treat your trees well once spring has sprung, you are rewarded with a lush grove of trees. In return, you are rewarded with protective shade, an increase in property value and curb appeal.


Author Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber;

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