Are you ready for spring?

This is one of the most important times of the year for your yard. If you plan during spring, the rest of the season will be more enjoyable.

Whether you have trees that are established and growing great, or you want to plant new trees, spring is the time to get things right!

Below are 5 tips to start off the spring season!

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

 

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

Here in South Jersey, we have had an unusually high amount of precipitation over the past year, but we still must make sure that the water we have is getting to the the tree’s roots. The most important thing for a tree to grow properly is water. According to Colorado State University, watering your trees in the spring on a regular schedule will help you set a good base for your tree and provide it with enough to keep it strong in the hot months.

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

Make sure you aim all sprays at the trunk of the tree. Aiming it toward the crown 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

You want to make sure you walk around your yard. Check out the trees to find any problem areas that need a closer look. 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 see any issues call a professional asap. Most diseases and pests haven’t had time to take hold yet, so you will have a better chance to help your trees.

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. It will help to fight off weeds, which compete with your tree for nutrients, and keep your soil wetter after rainfall or irrigation.

Don’t put the mulch directly on the trunk of the tree, you want to keep some breathing room. A 3″ layer will be perfect to top off your soil.Prioritize younger trees (under ten years of age), though all trees will benefit from mulching.

 

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