Now that spring is just around the corner, homeowners all over the country are looking forward to enjoying warmer weather and spending more time in their outdoor living environment. Certain types of trees will be producing their annual flower show in just several short weeks, and if you're lucky enough to have fruit trees in your yard, you're undoubtedly looking forward to enjoying freshly picked fruit this summer. Even trees that produce neither showy flowers nor fruit add value to your property — after all, few things are nicer during a hot summer afternoon than relaxing in the shade of a leafy green canopy with a cool beverage in your hand.
However, trees require a bit of extra help from you in order to perform at optimal levels. Following are five things you need to do this spring in order for your trees to produce the best possible flowers, fruit, and shade.
Fertilize Your Trees — If They Need It
The best time to fertilize you trees is during the latter part of April through the first part of May. However, not all trees should be fertilized, such as newly planted trees or those that have experienced recent damage to their root zones. Healthy trees that are growing in good soil may not require any fertilization either. Signs that your trees may be experiencing a nutrient deficiency include pale, undersized foliage, crown dieback, an slowed growth rates. Your local tree care professional can help you determine proper fertilizer levels for your trees.
Treat Your Trees for Pests and Pathogens Spring also means the return of pests and pathogens. Although treatments vary by tree type and geographical location, most trees benefit from spring applications of nontoxic insecticidal soap because this is when fledgling insect pests are beginning to hatch out of their eggs. If fungal pathogens are a potential part of the picture, talk with your tree service about a fungicide application.
Apply a Fresh Layer of Organic Mulch
Organic mulch serves several different purposes — it provides the soil with nutrients, protects the root systems of your trees from potential damage caused by temperature extremes, retains water and helps keep the soil from drying out, helps prevent the germination of weed seeds, and adds aesthetic value to your landscape. Mulch options include traditional bark mulch, cedar chips, and mushroom compost. Mulch is particularly important for newly planted trees, but it also benefits mature, established trees.
For more help, contact a tree service in your area.