Although we’re already a few weeks into spring, summer is still a few months out. This means that you still have time to make sure that your trees are healthy and all set for new growth this year.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that spring can actually be a vulnerable season for your trees. While it’s true that they’re beginning to grow stronger, they aren’t the only living things enjoying the release of winter’s grip. Spring brings with it new pests and fungi, which can negatively impact your trees’ health this year.
Fortunately, you can reduce the risk of serious harm to your trees and ensure they thrive by accomplishing a few basic tasks. The best part is that you don’t have to do them yourself! By hiring professional arborists like ours at Purple Care, you can rest easy knowing your trees are getting the experienced care they need from experts.
Spring Is a Good Time to ‘Spruce’ Up Your Trees
Pardon the pun, but spring really is a good time to spruce up your trees for the coming year. This process can begin with a broad inspection to assess whether you have any dead or dying trees on your property. These trees pose a high safety risk to people and property, so you should address their removal as soon as possible.
When evaluating your healthier trees, look for and prune any branches that appear damaged or diseased. A limb that’s on its last legs poses similar safety risks that entirely dead trees present, but it can also kill what would otherwise be a perfectly healthy tree. Also, evaluate your tree’s roots and the ground near the base of its trunk for signs of damage or
Lastly, if there are any dead leave or twigs around your trees, now’s a good time to remove them if doing so makes sense on your property.
Inspect for Pests & Parasites
Unfortunately, our trees are great sources of food and shelter for organisms and fungi. Pests that can call your trees include anything from termites and beetles to squirrels and rats. When they do, it’s time to consider your tree disease and pest control options.
What all of these animals have in common is that they can cause damage to your tree as a matter of course by living it. Termites will eat the cellulose in your tree’s woody material, while beetles and other insects can spread disease. Rodents like mice, rats, and squirrels pose a danger to your trees because they chew on wood to trim their ever-growing teeth, which can expose your tree to harmful pathogens and smaller pests.
If you notice that you have a problem with pests or parasites on your hands, it’s a good idea to consult with an expert arborist to evaluate your options.
Enrich the Soil Near Your Trees
Soil is what really helps your trees grow, so identifying and addressing issues such as a mineral deficiency or a pH imbalance as soon as possible is crucial to ensuring the environment immediately around your tree is rich with nutrients.
Adding fresh mulch and fertilizer is a great way to get started, but consulting with a professional arborist can help you narrow in on what’s best for each of your trees’ specific situations.
Hire a Pro to Help!
If you want an expert arborist to help you take care of your trees this spring, summer, or any other time of the year, don’t hesitate to reach out to Purple Care for assistance. Founded in 1993, we’re a premier landscaping, tree care, lawn care, and pest control company that can help you ensure the health of your trees.
If you want to learn more about how we can help, complete an online contact form and we’ll be in touch to discuss your needs as soon as possible!