A Guide To Spring Tree And Shrub Care
Spring has sprung here in Michigan and now is one of the best times of year to head outside to begin preparing your landscape for a lush, healthy growing season. Your trees and shrubs play a vital role in the health and appearance of your landscape, so protecting and providing them with what they need this spring should be at the top of your to-do list!
Here is your guide to spring tree and shrub care and six things you need to know to provide your trees and shrubs with what they need to thrive this growing season!
Inspect Your Trees And Shrubs
Now is the prime time to head outside and perform a thorough inspection of your trees and shrubs. They’re still (mostly) bare so if there are any problems, they will stand out and be significantly easier to identify. The three main things you want to look for are deadwood, diseases, and pests. If you find one of these things on your trees and shrubs, you will want to mark them and take the next step.
Prune And Trim As Needed
Once you’ve identified any dead, diseased, or pest infested areas on your trees and shrubs, it’s time to take the next step: prune and trim as needed. Proper pruning and trimming will put a stop to the spread of any further damage caused by diseases or pests, all while promoting good, healthy growth. It even improves the aesthetics of your landscape!
Mulch works as a security blanket, protecting the important organic matter trees need beneath the soil. Mulch also protects your trees and shrubs from weeds which, if allowed to grow, can steal essential nutrients from the plant’s root systems. The mulch will prevent the weeds from receiving sunlight and water, smothering them and keeping them below the surface. Lastly, mulch aids in moisture conservation, which is critical for your trees and shrubs once the weather warms up and drought season draws near.
If the spring has been a dry one, you will want to water your trees and shrubs deeply and you’ll want to do so as needed. If you’ve mulched around the plants, you will be able to tell how dry the soil is based on how dry the mulch is. Proper watering is essential for the development of the root system, leaves, and shoots, so be sure to check if watering is needed early and often.
Keep It Clean
No matter the season, you will always want to ensure that the landscaped beds and areas around your trees and shrubs are clean and clear of leaves, weeds, and debris. This will protect your trees and shrubs while providing them with room to receive the important nutrients that are critical to their growth and development.
Call The Professionals
The best thing you can do for your trees and shrubs this spring is to call the professionals at PPM. Our team of experts has over 10 years of experience in providing a full range of tree and shrub care services. We have what it takes to provide your landscape with everything it needs to thrive this growing season.