It’s spring! The birds are chirping, the grass is starting to grow, and it’s time to start considering what you need to do in your yard for proper spring tree care. Whether it’s pruning, protecting newly planted trees, tree removal, or tree stump grinding, proper tree care can make your yard the envy of your Bloomington neighborhood.
Fertilize Your Trees
You probably fertilize your lawn, but when is the last time you fertilized your trees? Applying fertilizer to the base of your trees can help them remain healthy and strong. The best time to do this is in late April or early May, and the recommended application is about three pounds for every 1000 square feet of ground surface below your trees.
Don’t Forget to Mulch
According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, mulch is the best friend for newly planted or young trees. Here’s why:
· It helps to insulate the soil and protect the tree from extreme temperatures.
· It keeps water in the root system.
· It keeps weeds from growing and competing for resources.
· It keeps the soil from compacting.
· It protects you from damaging your lawn mower.
So what are the steps to properly adding mulch around your trees?
1. Start by removing all the grass and weeds within a three to ten foot radius from the base of the tree (depending on tree size).
2. Use natural wood chips or pieces of bark and spread them two to four inches deep around the tree.
3. Always make sure that none of the mulch is touching the tree trunk.
Proper Tree Pruning Tips
After a long winter, you might look at some of your trees and notice that you’ve been neglecting them. When you decide to start pruning your trees, follow these simple steps.
1. Do not remove more than one-quarter of the crown of the tree.
2. Be sure to keep your pruning tools as sharp as possible.
3. For branches that are out of reach, use a saw extending tool. If that doesn’t get it done, it’s probably time to hire a professional.
4. For bigger branches, cut outside the bark and swollen collar area. Never leave a protruding stub behind. If the limb is too small to have formed a collar, then cut close.
5. All cuts should be clean. Make sure they are at a bit of an angle, and are about one-quarter of an inch beyond the bud.
Complete tree removal and stump grinding, when needed, is best left to the professionals. Give us a call at Bloomington Tree Care and we'll take care of your tree needs in a safe and timely manner.
Now is the time to start your spring tree care routine. With these tips, you’ll have the healthiest trees on the block!