Spring is finally returning, which means our trees are starting to wake up from winter dormancy. This is a critical time for our trees. As they wake up, the trees are vulnerable to a number of threats. That’s why it’s crucial to properly maintain and care for the trees and shrubs on your property. Giving the tree a healthy spring is the best way to ensure a strong and healthy year. Here are the three best tips for spring tree care in Washington.
One of the first spring tree care tasks to do before the leaves grow back is trim and prune your trees. Without the leaves in the way, you’re able to see the entire structure of the tree. Give the branches a once-over to check for any damage or disease that needs to be removed. You can also plan how you want the tree to grow so it can achieve your desired shape and look. Spring is a good time to check for potentially dangerous branches.
Trimming is the tree service used to eliminate large branches that have been damaged by storms, pests, or disease. Tree trimming can also be used to change the shape of your tree. Trimming away ugly branches or lifting the canopy are just a few possibilities. Pruning is more precise than trimming and is used more for enhancing the health and beauty of the tree. Pruning away unnecessary branches helps redirect energy to rapid new growth. You can prune outer branches to give the younger interior branches more access to light, creating a fuller looking tree.
While they may appear stout and strong, our trees and shrubs still need a little help from us. The plants and grass aren’t the only things waking up in the spring. Tree-damaging pests and fungi also become active again as the temperatures rise, and the weather becomes wet.
The best way to start the year off strong with pest control and fungal control is by getting ahead of the problem. Dormant oil, applied before the pests wake up, coats the overwintering pests on your trees, preventing the first wave of attackers. A well-timed fungal control can also help prevent a fungal infection, common during the wet and warm conditions of our Washington spring. These two applications ensure your tree starts the year stress-free. The result is a healthier tree with faster growth.
Adding mulch is one of the best and easiest ways to benefit your trees throughout the year. A 3-4 inch layer of mulch, applied around the base of your trees and shrubs, provides more than just a beautiful pop of color. That layer kills and prevents weeds by smothering them and cutting off their access to sunlight and air. Mulch also acts as an insulator, protecting the root zone from dangerously fluctuating temperatures and helps retain moisture throughout the heat of summer.
The best way to give your Washington trees the best spring possible is by investing in spring tree care services from Colonial Lawn & Garden. Our tree care experts know exactly what the trees and shrubs in our area need to thrive throughout the entire year. Perfectly-timed applications of fertilizer, combined with pest and fungus control, ensure your trees and shrubs stay healthy all year long.
Let’s get started on your spring tree care today! Give us a call at (509) 966-1655 for Yakima residents or (509) 371-1655 for residents of the Tri-City area. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter for current news and deals, and be sure to follow our blog for monthly tips on tree care, lawn care, pest control, and more!