Early Spring Tree Care Tips
Spring is a great opportunity to get outside and begin work on your yard. What you do in the spring will set the stage for a healthy and beautiful yard for the whole growing season to come.
At All Season Tree Service, we’ve been tree pruning and all-around tree service experts in the Edmonton area since 1992, so we thought we’d give you a little advice about what you can do this spring to help your plants flourish in the summer.
Basic pruning tasks are easy to do when you have the right equipment and knowledge. The main reasons we prune in the spring are to get rid of diseased or damaged branches, to thin out a plant’s foliage to allow new, healthy growth, and to control the shape of the plant for either aesthetic or safety reasons. If you decide to prune your trees and bushes yourself, remember to keep all your equipment (sheers, saws, etc.) clean and sharp. Never prune more than about 25% of the living growth on a plant. To prune more would weaken your plants too much and potentially lead to disease.
Of course, not all trees, shrubs, or plants should be pruned in the spring. The maple tree should only be pruned in June and July, for example. Be sure to consult a tree pruning or tree service expert in the Edmonton area if you’re unsure of which plants in your yard need some attention in the spring.
Besides pruning, there are a lot of other things you can do in the spring to help your plants. For example, it’s a great time to add any fertilizer that will benefit your yard. Similarly, spring is when animals return from their winter sleep and birds come back from their migration. It might be time to protect your plants from a more active animal kingdom. Rabbit fences around younger trees, for instance, are often a good idea.
Pests and diseases to look out for
Now that the snow is (hopefully) gone, spring is a great time to go around and thoroughly examine your trees for disease or other problems that might need to be taken care of. In particular be sure to check for signs of
- Tree blight
- Rotting roots
- Pests (flies, caterpillars, aphids, etc.)