The sun’s out in full force, birds are chirping and building nests, and the weather is starting to warm up. Spring in Colorado is arguably the best time of the year, and it’s the perfect time to start looking over the trees on the property to make sure they’re in good shape and ready for the summer.
Use the following tips written by our tree service team in Denver to help the trees look great and stay as healthy as possible.
Take a Look at the Trees
Take a close look at the trees on the property for any signs of damage or pests. Wood that is dead, frostbitten, or that has lesions isn’t healthy for the tree and will need to be handled quickly. Signs of pests can include holes in the bark, missing or damaged bark, or bark that looks like it has been chewed. While the tree might not be producing tons of new leaves at the beginning of spring, keep an eye on them to make sure they do grow in and look fine.
Start to Water Deeply
Springtime means watering the plants. Avoid watering when there is heavy rainfall, and limit the number of times per week the trees are watered. It’s better to use more water less frequently, as this helps the water soak down into the ground and encourages the roots to dig deeper to reach the water. This creates trees that are more stable and able to handle the high winds when it’s raining or the heavy snow in winter.
Fix the Mulch
Mulch should be added around the tree to help protect the roots and to minimize the weeding that’s needed. However, it is important to make sure the mulch is applied correctly. A mulch volcano is created when the mulch is piled high close to the tree and lower further away. This can lead to damage to the tree, so it should be avoided. Instead, start the mulch a few inches away from the trunk and go for a donut shape of mulch.
Weed Around the Tree
Clean up any debris and weeds around the trunk of the tree. Weeds can strip the soil of nutrients, which means the tree might not get enough. Though the roots do extend far from the tree, weeds can still cause issues. They can also be the perfect place for pests to hide, which can lead to severe damage to the tree. Weed around the base of the tree regularly to help minimize potential problems.
Treat Damage or Pests
If there is any damage from the winter weather or pests, now’s the time to start treatments. Pests like bark beetles should be treated immediately before they cause further damage. Mold, fungi, and other bacteria should be removed if noticed, as this can lead to serious damage in the long run. If any branches are dead, suffering from frostbite, or otherwise damaged because of the winter weather, go ahead and have them removed.
Plant New Trees
Ready to add to the yard? Spring is an excellent time to plant most trees, though it is important to make sure the chance of frost is gone before adding them to the yard. They are more sensitive to extreme cold, so unexpected frost can kill saplings. Opt to plan later in spring to minimize this risk.
Trees provide tons of benefits and can create a stunning look in the yard, but they do require some care. When spring starts, use the tips here to help the trees in the yard recover from the winter weather and get ready for the summer.
Do you have more questions about springtime tree services in Denver, CO? Give us a call! Our experts would be more than happy to answer all of your tree related questions. Don’t forget, we offer a wide range of tree services for the Denver area including tree removal, trimming, planting and stump grinding!
You can also visit some of our other tree related posts down below for more information on caring for your trees in Colorado.
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