A Guide for Seasonal Tree Care

Your trees can be the most important part of your landscaping. Full healthy trees can not only help make your home look beautiful, but are good for the air and can shade your home when it’s warm, lowering AC costs. Read on for a step by step guide on how to care for your trees differently as the seasons change. For professional tree removal and tree services DC, refer to D & A Dunlevy.

Winter

1. Provide good drainage. When temperatures dip below freezing, soil contracts and expands more and can push roots upwards out of the soil. Improve drainage from the beginning by mixing sand and compost into the soil when you plant the tree.
2. Don’t let your tree lose water and roots and leaves find it harder to absorb moisture. Dry winds and little rain can cause dehydration very easily. To prevent your tree from dying, water it until the ground freezes. This will provide a good store of water through the frozen days.
3. Mulch happens naturally as leaves, broken branches, and other organic objects will bunch up around the base of the tree. The mulch can regulate the temperature at the bottom of the tree, protect the roots and enrich the soil around the tree. Facilitate or recreate this process by covering the base of your own trees with leaves and soil.
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Spring

1. Make sure to clear away any decorations from the holidays. We are all guilty of leaving up our Christmas lights too long every few years, but leaving lights wrapped around tree trunks can stunt growth.
2. Rake away any mulch or debris from the base of your trees. As the temperatures warm, these organic materials can trap heat and moisture and cause fungal diseases to develop.
3. Lay mulch around the tree, but not up against the trunk. This can help the soil around the roots hold onto moisture if the air is still dry and can discourage weeds from growing and stealing nutrients from the tree.
4. Clip and remove any branches that have died, been damaged or broken. Once the tree regains the leaves it lost over the winter, it will be easy for your to see which branches are dead and no longer growing leaves.

Summer

1. Soil care is very important during the summer. If you are experiencing droughts in your area, soak the soil when you can, but no not over water and drown the tree.
2. Japanese beetles and bagworm are common in the summer months. Consult a professional about what you can do to prevent pests from ruining your trees.
3. Continue the pruning you began in the Spring, removing dried out and dead branches when you can. Also, continue adding mulch, making sure the mulch is more than 2 inches thick.
4. Be careful about using herbicides or weed killers near your tree. Some chemicals used to wipe out dandelions are actually very harmful to some trees.

Fall

1. Trees can use nutrients if the summer is hot and then again if the winter is harsh. During the autumn months, use fertilizer to replenish nutrients and help the tree store up for winter. This way it will be stronger and more able to fight away frost, disease, and insect damage.
2. Do the same with water. Hydrate the trees’ roots to prepare them for winter. You can use an injection probe to subsurface water; distribute water into the top 12 inches of soil.
3. You may not believe it since harsh winter is right around the corner, but autumn is the best time to have D & A Dunlevy plant new trees for you. The temperature is cooler when summer comes to an end and during the fall months, young trees can build root mass and build up nutrients to prepare for winter.

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Joseph Mitchell

Joseph Mitchell

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