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Top 8 Spring Tree Care Tips

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Do you need tips for tree care in Dallas, Texas? Contact Bare Roots Tree Solutions!

Spring is that refreshing time of year where we all get outside, plant some blooms and wait for the beauty of the season to take hold. Check out these top spring tree care tips to ensure you have the healthiest trees and gardens on the block.

1.  Spring Clean the Area

Grab a rake and collect all the leaves, twigs, dead grass, old fruit and debris around your trees. You don’t want fungal growth to take hold, which is what could happen if you leave this debris where it is.

2.  Inspect Trees and Shrubs

Over the winter, your trees can take a beating from the colder weather. Even though our winters are fairly mild in comparison with the rest of the country, your trees can be vulnerable to frost and other extreme weather, such as wind and rain. Take this time to check your trees and shrubs for damage. For areas of concern, get the assistance of a trained arborist to determine which treatments would be best or whether removal is a better option.

3.  Check For Pests and Diseases

Read up on the many different pests and diseases that can impact the health of your trees and entire landscape. Your trusted arborists will know which pests and diseases are native to this area and which ones commonly affect your type of trees. They can suggest plans of action if evidence of pests or diseases is detected.

If pests are present, some may be able to be removed by hand, such as caterpillars on small trees. However, for larger trees or more invasive species such as gypsy moths, further pest control action will need to be taken. While gypsy moths can feed on up to 500 different host plants, they prefer oaks, as well as sweetgum, apple, willow, and basswood. Certain species of late-stage broadleaved plants like to feed on eastern hemlock, pines, and spruces – all of which are present in Texas.

If you notice your trees have an infestation of aphids or spider mites, turn the garden hose on them to remove them.

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4.  Mulch the Garden

Mulch is great in gardens for retaining moisture and keeping weeds at bay. Placing mulch right up against the tree trunk will lock in heat and moisture, which can lead to fungal growth. Instead, apply mulch around the base of the tree rather than up the side of the trunk.

5.  Prune Trees

It’s best to prune trees in winter when they are dormant. But you can use spring as an opportunity to remove dead, damaged or broken branches to spur new growth. There are many benefits that come with regular tree and shrub pruning. Pruning can:

  • Stimulate new growth
  • Control plant growth
  • Prevent diseases and hazards
  • Maintain tree shape
  • Encourage additional flowers or fruit

You may wonder how often you should prune. There are some things to keep in mind that may affect the frequency of pruning.

  • The tree or shrub has unexpectedly succumbed to damage or disease.
  • The purpose of the plant: artistic appeal or a crop.
  • Branch size and thickness.
  • Age (young trees generally need more pruning in the first few years).

6.  Fertilize Trees and Plants

Apply a slow-release fertilizer to plants so they can get the nutrients they need while increasing their resistance to disease, insects and the elements. For optimal results, do this regularly every year around the same time.

7.  Water Your Trees

You don’t want to water your trees during winter when the soil may freeze and can’t absorb the moisture properly. This is why it’s best to start watering your trees in spring in order to encourage strong leaf and shoot development.

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8.  Plant New Trees

Spring is a great time to plant new trees if you are so inclined. It can be tricky deciding on the perfect spot for your new tree, though. Your trusted Dallas arborist can take a look at your landscape to determine which areas would be best for a particular tree species. They will take into account anything from soil condition to sun/shade ratios.

Contact Bare Roots Tree Solutions

For more spring tree care tips and a free quote, get in touch with our certified arborists at 972-779-9020. We would be happy to show you some pruning tips, such as effective cutting techniques, the best tools to use, and the best pruning methods to encourage healthy growth.