Now that the sun is out and all the wildlife is emerging from their winter hibernation, the weather is also starting to warm up here in Colorado! Our tree service professionals are also gearing up for a busy season of tree trimming and tree removal!
Springtime in Colorado is also the best time of year, in our opinion. Not only is it warmer while we’re out and bout, but it’s also a great time to start examining the trees on properties to make sure they are in good health and ready for the summer weather.
Here’s some great tips that we recommend to make sure your trees look great and are in perfect health.
Examine Your Trees
When Spring arrives, the first step is to examine the trees on your property to look for any signs of damage that may have occurred during the winter months from heavy snow or freezing rain. You’ll also want to look for any signs of pests too. If you see any signs that the wood is dying or if it has any lesions, it’s a good indication that your tree isn’t healthy and it will need to be addressed quickly by a tree service expert.
Signs of pests can include holes in the trunk or branches, missing bark, or bark that looks like is has been chewed on recently. As we get closer to the middle of Spring, you’ll also want to make sure that buds are starting to grow on branches too. If you aren’t getting new leaves on some of the branches, it’s a sign that you could have an unhealthy tree.
Deeply Water Your Trees
After that last frost, be sure to start water all of your plants, including your trees. As trees need lots of water for energy, you’ll want to start watering early on. Be sure not to over water! Avoid watering if you are expected to have heavy rainfall and limit the number of times per week that you water your trees. It’s best not to overwater, as the water will soak down into the ground and encourages roots to go deeper to seek out water. This will allow the tree to become more stable, so they are able to handle any type of treacherous weather conditions – like heavy rain, high winds, and snow storms in the winter.
Add Mulch Around Trees
After the last snow, it’s important to add mulch around your trees to help protect the root systems and also to prevent weeds. You’ll want to make sure that you properly prepare the mulch to make sure you don’t further damage the tree. Make sure that you add mulch in a manner that pools water against the trunk and not away from it. You DON’T want the mulch pile high against the tree trunk. Instead, you want to mimic a donut system, where the mulch is piled a few inches away from the trunk.
Keep Weeds Away From Trees
Once Spring has arrived, you’ll also see weeds beginning to grow. You don’t want any weeds around the base of your tree trunk, so be sure to weed continuously throughout the spring season. Weeds can strip the soil of nutrients, so trees will struggle to get the energy they need to grow. Weeds can also harbor pests and we want to make sure they they don’t reach the tree and cause further damage. Make sure to weed on a regular basis to keep your tree healthy!
Treat Tree Damage
Spring is also a great time to start treating your trees from any winter damage or from pests. Bark beetles, for example, should be treated immediately so that they don’t cause any further damage as Summer rolls around. You’ll also need to examine your trees to look for any signs of mold or fungi. If you see any of these species, it’s important to remove them quickly so you don’t cause extensive damage in the long run. Over the winter, your trees may have also encountered frostbite or wind damage. Now is the time to remove those dead branches yourself or hire one of our tree service experts in Longmont.
Plant New Trees
There’s no time better than Spring to add new trees to your yard or landscape. Make sure that you want until the last frost to add them to your property. New trees are more sensitive to extreme temperatures and an unexpected front can easily kill them.
You’ll also want to take extra precautions to care for your new sapling. Be sure to check out additional tips from our blog on how to properly plaint new trees!
Also, contact one of our Longmont, CO tree service experts for any questions on tree removal, tree trimming, or stump griding!