Seasonal tree care is extremely important. Depending on the season your trees will require different treatments and care to protect them from seasonal dangers such as extreme weather, insects, or diseases. Below is a quick guide to help you navigate your seasonal tree care.
Winter Tree Care (December-February)
Spray anti-desiccants on evergreens. Anti-Desiccants prevent windburn (brown needles) by reducing the amount of moisture lost through the leaves pores.
Prune while the tree is dormant. Winter is the best time to prune trees. Pruning while trees are dormant allows them to heal better and not be exposed to insects/diseases. It also stimulates flower growth.
Wrap your young & newly planted trees. Wrapping your trees can protect them from sun scald. Sun scald is a common ailment for young or thin-barked trees in winter. It causes the tree bark to dry and crack.
Prevent deer damage. Deer damage exceeds $2 Billion annually. Deer also cause accidents, attack, & bring ticks to your property. Protect your trees & shrubs from feeding & male rutting with a deer protection program.
Avoid rock salt or ice melts. Sodium Chloride dehydrates tree’s roots & needles. Remove what salt you can see & water your tree to flush out the soil & its system. Or opt for Magnesium chloride melts instead.
Remove heavy snow from branches. With heavy snow, gently brush the snow off the branches in upward strokes. For upper branches, GENTLY use a broom in an upward sweeping motion. Don’t shake branches or brush downwards or they may snap.
Inspect trees annually. Winter, when leaves are off the tree, is a great time for inspection. Inspections can spot structural issues that could be dangerous.
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Spring Tree Care (March-May)
Fertilize to stimulate root growth. Fertilizing is one of the best ways to keep your trees healthy. Applying in the spring provides extra nutrients and helps your tree push out new growth.
Spray to prevent fungal diseases. The cool moist weather of spring creates a perfect breeding ground for fungal diseases like Anthracnose, Root Rot, & Leaf Spot. Invest in preventive fungicide sprays to keep your trees from being infected.
Invest in a year-long plant health care plan. Spring is when all the tree diseases and pests begin to emerge. Prevent these pests & keep your property healthy from Spring- Fall by investing in a year-long plant health care plan.
Mulch (2-3 inches deep, not touching the base of the tree). Mulching helps retain soil moisture and promotes the development of organic matter. This will help prevent soil compaction and will provide numerous benefits for your tree.
Water to keep plants hydrated. In spring, trees and shrubs are pushing out new growth. To be successful they need to stay properly hydrated. Watering will also flush out their system if they’ve been exposed to ice melts/rock salt.
Protect you & your family from mosquitoes. Mosquitoes and ticks bring deadly diseases, like Zika, West Nile, and Lyme, into your property. Protect your family with an Organic Mosquito & Tick Control Program.
Watch for tree & shrub pests. The warm weather of spring activates lots of insects and diseases that can damage your trees & shrubs. Keep an eye out for damage so you can catch these pests early.
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Summer Tree Care (June-August)
Inject the trunks of elm & ash trees. Early summer is the time to protect your Elms from Dutch Elm Disease & your Ash from Emerald Ash Borer. Preventive trunk injections are the best way to fight these ailments.
Aerate to prevent & fix soil compaction. The dry summer months tend to lead to soil compaction. Using high-velocity air tools an Arborist will fracture the soil creating macro and micro pore space. This de-compacts & allows nutrients to reach the tree’s roots.
Prune dead, dying, & diseased branches. Dead, dying, and diseased branches are a danger to people and property. These are often the limbs that break and fall during summer storms. Make sure to prune these before they fall.
Re-apply mulch if needed. Heavy rains and foot traffic can sometimes wash away mulch. Check to make sure your mulch is 2-3 inches thick. If not, you will need to re-apply some mulch.
Water to keep plants hydrated. In summer, trees and shrubs are faced with high temperatures. Keep them hydrated by watering once a week. To Water: put your hose on a dribble, place it in the Critical Root Zone, & leave it for 2-3 hours. Repeat 2 times.
Protect you property from mosquitoes. Mosquitoes and ticks bring deadly diseases like Zika, West Nile, and Lyme, into your property. Protect your family with an Organic Mosquito & Tick Control Program.
Watch for tree & shrub pests. The warm weather of summer helps tree insects reach high population levels quickly. This means you need to act fast after you notice a problem or your trees will have extensive damage.
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Fall Tree Care (September-November)
Fertilize to prepare your tree’s roots. Fertilizing is one of the best ways to keep your trees healthy. Applying in the fall helps protect the tree from winter damage.
Rake to remove fallen tree leaves. Disease causing fungi love to hide and overwinter in a tree’s fallen leaves. Raking these leaves & removing them will limit your tree’s chances of contracting a disease.
Plant new trees during fall. Fall is the best time to plant new trees. With cooler temperatures, there is less chance of the new tree dying from sun scorch or drought.
Mulch 2-3 inches deep around trees. Mulching insulates a tree’s roots helping protect it from the approaching cold of late fall and winter. It also helps the soil retain moisture and organic matter.
Water to keep plants hydrated. Although the summer heat has passed your tree can still suffer drought stress. Make sure your trees are hydrated.
Prep for winter by treating, pruning, and cabling. To keep your tree’s needles from turning brown apply Anti-Desiccants. To prep for winter storms, prune deadwood and cable your trees for support (if needed).
Inspect trees annually. Late fall, when leaves are off the tree, is a great time for inspection. Inspections can spot structural issues that could be dangerous.
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Make sure your trees are beautiful and healthy in every season with these seasonal tree care tips.