Spring Tree Care
One of my favorite aspects of spring is watching the trees slowly go from being bare as coat wracks to having small buds to eventually becoming green and luscious. Virginia is known for being pretty heavily wooded, so here in Centreville I think we sometimes take our trees for granted. Without maintaining proper care of your trees there is no guarantee that they will blossom. Fortunately, there are some easy things you can do in the spring to help your trees, including inspecting and pruning:
After trudging through the snow, sleet, rain, snow, ice and subzero temperatures (did I mention snow?) Mother Nature delivered many of us this winter, we've earned hours–even days, weeks–to spend in the shade this summer. …
The first task is to inspect your trees to see what looks healthy and what doesn’t. Some things like dead branches are obvious, but other kinds of damages can be harder to spot. Watch this video for tips on what to look for:
After you’ve inspected it’s time to do some pruning. Most pruning should be done in early spring, after the first frost just before buds start appearing. So at this point it’s a bit late to do any hardcore pruning. However, you can still remove any dead, dying, or diseased branches. Any large branches that are in danger of falling and pose a threat to your house, car, or other aspect of your property, should be removed immediately. Some limb removal can been done by yourself, but you should always have a tree professional from Centreville handle the particularly large branches.
Finally, don’t forget to water your trees throughout the spring and summer months. We all know that young trees need to be watered regularly, but we often don’t think about watering older trees. Older trees take a longer time to show damage, so they can appear healthy even when they are not. Sometimes by the time the damage is visible it can be too late. Here are some tips on proper tree watering:
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All it takes is a little bit of work, and soon you will be looking out your window into beautiful foliage.