Are you ready for spring? This is one of the most important times of the year to have a safe, beautiful yard that you take care of and treat. If you are careful during the springtime months, the rest of the year, you will be able to sit back and enjoy your yard for the most part. Whether you have trees that are already established and growing perfectly or you want to plant new trees, spring is absolutely the time to ensure that everything looks and feels right.

Here are five new tips for tree care:

5. Start with the Clean Up

  • Remove winter wrappings and lights
  • Be gentle with trees that are still young
  • Ensure your tree gets enough water

One of the best things you can do, according to This Old House, is clean up around your trees so that the roots can breathe and get the water that they need. To do this, you want to remove the nuts, fruits, and debris that falls throughout the autumn and winter. You want to be gentle when you remove everything, but still do a good job of cleaning everything.

Another thing you want to do is unwrap anything that you have on your trees, from Christmas lights that you didn’t take down to winter tree wraps that were there to protect them. These wrappings can dig into the branches and trunk of the tree, creating girdling.

4. Inspect & Water

  • Check irrigation systems
  • Water your trees deeply
  • Make sure to water appropriately

One of the most important things for a tree to grow properly is a good watering regime. According to Colorado State University, watering your trees in the springtime on a regular schedule will help you to set a good base for your tree care as well as arm the tree with enough to keep it strong in the warmer months and as it grows.

If your soil is frozen, you want to break down the soil so that the water can penetrate it. If the ground is soft and the water is extremely warm, you may want to consider watering even more to account for the heat.

Since many people don’t want to manually water trees, you want to set up an irrigation system. Make sure you aim all sprays at the trunk of the tree because aiming it toward the water can be hazardous in many trees.

3. Consider Pruning

  • Call a professional if possible
  • Ensure to use proper tools and techniques
  • You might not want to prune all trees

According to HGTV, “Prune shrubs that don’t flower in spring, including rose of Sharon, crape myrtle, hardy hibiscus, butterfly bush and Peegee hydrangea. Place pruning cuts to shape plants and thin shrub interiors. In the coldest areas, you should ideally wait to prune summer bloomers until all danger of frost has passed,” during the spring months.

If you are going to handle pruning on your own, which isn’t recommended because you can create a ton of problems for yourself, you want to do some research about the best time to do the pruning, which tools to use, and how to make cuts.

2. Inspect Your Trees

  • Check the trunks and limbs
  • Ensure trees are growing and budding properly
  • Call a professional if you encounter problems

While spring might be taking some time to come around this year, you want to make sure that you go out of your way to walk around your yard and stretch your winter legs. While you are walking around, check out the trees to find any problem areas that you may want to take a closer look at. The most common problem areas?

The University of California, wants you to check for dead branches, multiple trunks, trees that won’t flower, cavities and decay, cracks, and any weak spots. This is just a starter list, there are tons of other things you want to check for as well. Each tree will have its own set of problems.

If you do notice any issues, you want to call a professional as soon as possible. During the spring months, most diseases and pests haven’t really had time to take hold yet, so you might have a better chance to help your trees get better.

1. Mulch Around Trees

  • Choose mulch that is high quality
  • Do not put it against the trunk
  • Watch a few informational videos before mulching

If you really want to top off all of the work that you have done, you want to add some mulch around your trees, according to Better Homes and Gardens. This is one of the most important things you can do because it will help to fight off weeds (which will compete with your tree for nutrients) and keep your soil wetter after rainfall or irrigation.

When mulching, ensure that you don’t put the mulch directly on the trunk of the tree. Instead, you want to keep some breathing room. Still, a 3″ layer will be perfect to top off your soil. If you only want to do some mulching, you should prioritize younger trees (under ten years of age), though all trees will benefit from mulching.

If you are looking for a tree care professional in South Jersey, give Bumblebee Tree Service a call today at (609) 297-1721. We will help you to better understand your trees and how to handle any springtime issues that you may find.

Header photo courtesy of Eden, Janine and Jim on Flickr!