As our trees begin to bloom, we take for granted that these large and strong trees are still vulnerable to a variety of factors that can limit their growth or even kill them, such as: insects, drought, soil compaction, disease, and more. The key to preventing anything bad from happening to your trees begins with spring tree and shrub care.
Before you purchase and plant your new trees and shrubs you must first pick the right type of tree or shrub for your yard. Things like light, shade, climate, and soil composition should be taken into account. Consider what your new tree’s purpose will be. Is it ornamental, a shade tree, or for privacy?
Trees are for a lifetime, or several lifetimes, so picking the right spot is a very important decision. You must take into account the size that the tree could grow to be. Don’t plant too close to buildings or you’ll risk structural damage in the future. Look up. Are you planting under, or near, a power line? This will cause you considerable grief in the future if a branch falls on your power lines during a storm.
Fertilizing your trees can make your trees healthier and more lush. Who doesn’t want their trees to be more lush? Sure, you can throw down some traditional fertilizer around the base of the tree or add mulch, but the effects are limited. It takes a lot of rain and a lot of time for the fertilizer to reach the intended target – the roots. With a process called deep root fertilization, also known as deep root feeding, you can get the nutrients right where it counts in the fraction of the time. Fertilizers, water, or even pesticides can be injected under high pressure directly into the root system of your trees and shrubs, resulting in rapid root growth, greener foliage, and healthier trees. Deep root feeding is an essential step to proper spring tree and shrub care.
Pruning is another great idea for spring tree and shrub care. Proper pruning adds to the health and look of your trees and shrubs. First, visually inspect the tree for dead or out-of-place branches. Snip them with pruning shears or clippers. Despite popular myth, you don’t have to worry about covering pruning cuts as it does not prevent decay. Use a pole saw or pole pruner to get those high, out of reach branches. For higher and larger branches call a professional arborist like the ones here at LawnLab.
Another great way to protect your trees from deadly insects and the diseases they carry is to use what is called dormant oil. Dormant oil is a thick, viscous substance also called horticultural oil. The oil is applied to the trunks of trees in the fall to cover the insects that overwinter there and their eggs. This can prevent a nasty infestation in the spring that could affect your tree’s immune system.
All of these steps seem like a lot of work, but if you hire the professional tree care specialists at LawnLab you can rest easy knowing that your investments are in good hands. With our tree and shrub care program your plants will be greener and healthier. The only work you have to do is pick up the phone and call 972-287-7400 or contact us on our website.