6 Ways to Help Your Trees Wake Up This Spring

6 Ways to Help Your Trees Wake Up This Spring
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    Trees, even evergreens, go dormant during the winter.

    Though the warmth and longer days of spring wake them up naturally, you can help them in ways that keep them healthy and growing throughout the warmer months.

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Here are six tips you can follow to help your trees wake up and recover from winter.

  • Water

    Established trees may not need extra water unless there’s a drought. However, trees that were planted less than two years before need regular, deep watering. A tree planted in sandy soil needs more water, while a tree in clay soil needs less. Water only when the soil has thawed. If the soil is still frozen, the water won’t penetrate.

  • Mulch

    Mulch keeps the root of the tree covered during the hot months, keeps in water, and keeps out weeds. The mulch should be laid in bands about two inches from the crown of the tree and about a foot past the drip line, which is the edge of the tree’s canopy.

    It shouldn’t be more than 4 inches deep. Mulch that’s laid deeper than this will trap too much water and cause the roots to rot. Many types of materials can be used as mulch, but mulch made of wood chips and other organic materials decompose over time, and add nutrients to the soil.

  • Clean Up

    Remove dead leaves, fallen fruit, twigs and other debris from beneath the tree. This discourages pathogens and pests that have overwintered. Now’s the time to apply preferably environmentally friendly fungicides and pesticides.

  • Take Off the Holiday Lights

    If the tree is still wearing holiday lights from the past winter, take them off. It’s especially important to remove those that wind around the trunk, as they can girdle the tree over time and kill it.

  • Trim

    Pruning should ideally be done when the tree is dormant, but you should inspect the tree for damaged or disease limbs and remove them. The flowers of trees that bloom in the spring and summer should be removed after they start to fade.

  • Contact a company like Smitty’s Tree Service Inc if you don’t know how to remove them yourself.

  • Take Special Care of Fruit Trees

    Established fruit trees only need fertilizing if the soil is poor. The best fertilizer for a fruit tree is 10-10-10, which is equal parts nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. The fertilizer should be spread out from the trunk to just beneath the drip line.

    Some gardeners white wash their fruit trees to protect them from sunburn. This is one part white latex paint and one part water, applied in two coats on the trunk. It actually does not hurt the tree!

These tips will help your trees wake up from their winter slumber and prepare for warmer weather smoothly. Be on the lookout for signs that your trees need some extra TLC, and your yard will be sure to bloom beautifully!

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