Spring has officially been marked on the calendar. Yup, it’s here! I know that you can still see motley mounds of snow around London, Ontario, but it is fading fast. You know what that means, right? It’s almost time for spring cleaning!
I have an idea. Why not avoid the winter-streaked windows by heading out to do yard cleanup instead. Before you run out onto your spongy lawn though, why not take a minute to think about what you need to do. It’ll prevent you damaging your dormant grass and save you time and energy in the long run. With a few helpful tips from CLC Tree Services that is!
Maintenance for your Trees this Spring
- First things first, if you wrapped any of your trees for winter, now is the time to take off any burlap coverings. While wrapping a tree (depending upon the species and its needs) will protect it from potential winter damage, once spring arrives for good, your tree will need to breathe once more. Your trees are begging for that spring sunshine too!
Before the leaves on your trees begin to unfurl, take a look at your trees to see if they received any damage over the winter. Are there broken branches that need to be removed? Do you see limbs that are absent of buds (a sign of a dead limb)? Now is the time to get a good look at your trees and assess their health. Dead or damaged branches should be removed to deter insect infestation and disease. If you aren’t sure, contact a certified arborist to inspect your trees and advise you whether they would benefit from a pruning.
Spring is also a great time to fertilize your trees. Wait until they are active again—late spring or early summer—before applying fertilizer. At CLC Tree Services, we offer tree fertilization via injection just under the soil’s surface where the feeder roots lie. This is the best and fastest way for your tree to receive the nutrients they need to thrive.
- Another service you might want to consider is aeration. Tree roots require oxygen. Soil compaction can prevent your tree’s roots from getting sufficient air to them though. By aerating the soil around your tree, you improve the tree’s ability to absorb oxygen through its roots. That makes for a healthier tree and a happier you!
The best part about trees in your landscape though is that they are relatively low-maintenance. Their buds will burst when they are good and ready, and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the show.