Tree care is very important no matter the season may be. Of course, different seasons mean different treatments and care to protect them from seasonal dangers such as extreme weather, insects, or diseases. Below is a quick guide to help you navigate your seasonal tree care.
- Spring Tree Care (March-May)
Spring is a good time to prune out any frost damage to your trees and other plants, which may have occurred from the harsh winter. This is also a good time to consult a professionally trained arborist to inspect your trees and shrubs for unusual pest activity because many insects become active in early spring. While you’re at it, you may ask to remove critical risk trees if your certified arborist recommends. If our spring weather is dry, be sure to deeply water your trees and shrubs when necessary. Water is critical during leaf and shoots development. Lastly, fertilize trees and shrubs as part of your normal annual program.
- Summer Tree Care (June-August)
You can make your tree service provider check your trees for damage that may have occurred due to recent storms and cable, brace or remove weak limbs to prepare for severe weather. Most tree problems begin with poor soils, whether from lack of nutrients or other necessary soil components, soil compaction, or amount of acidity, among other factors. Find out more about Tree Service Vancouver. Improving your trees’ soils will help create conditions that are more like those of the forest floor, enabling tree roots to function at their best. Also, check your mulch rings to see if additional material needs to be added. If the mulch is less than 2 inches thick, grass growing through it may become troublesome.
- Fall Tree Care (September-November)
Inspect trees annually. Late fall, when leaves are off the tree, is a great time for inspection. Inspections can spot structural issues that could be dangerous. Fall is also the best time to plant new trees because the temperature is cooler so there is a less chance of the new tree dying from sun scorch or drought. Start preparing for winter by treating, pruning, and cabling. For safety during winter storms, prune deadwood and cable your trees for support (if needed). Of course, fertilizing is one of the best ways to keep your trees healthy. Applying in the fall helps protect the tree from winter damage.
- Winter Tree Care (December-February)
In the winter months, after all the leaves have fallen, a tree trimming technician can better see the structure of your trees. Since winter is the time where both trees and shrubs become dormant, more significant pruning is best left during this season. This is especially true when speaking about fruit trees. At this time, trees are in a period of rest until spring comes with higher temperatures. It is easier for them to determine what branches are dangerous or dead that needs pruning. Any trees on your property that are dying, damaged, or dead can be dangerous through the winter season. This is especially the case when there are large amounts of snow or ice. By having them pruned or removed, they will be safer. Weaker trees may also be healthier after the removal of diseased or dead wood.